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‘Boris Johnson seems determined to weaponise unionist disquiet to put pressure on the EU, a dangerous game to play under the heat of the July sun.’ File photograph: Getty

‘Boris Johnson seems determined to weaponise unionist disquiet to put pressure on the EU, a dangerous game to play under the heat of the July sun.’ File photograph: Getty

The most dire warnings about Brexit are coming to pass. There’s a shortage of Marks & Spencer Best Ever prawn sandwiches in Ireland.

Under EU customs rules, sandwiches typically require three vet certificates, and so the retailer has dropped half its range in Ireland, chairman of M&S Archie Norman told BBC Radio this week. Leaving aside the question of why, on a burning planet, we need to import sandwiches, this is being seen as a portent of things to come. People on both sides of the Border face the “very, very serious” spectre of a festive season without beef and bone marrow pie, or a Christmas-themed Colin the Caterpillar cake.

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