The EU is plotting to ban British sausages from Europe if a post-Brexit trade deal isn't agreed.
Our famous bangers are among the products that could be outlawed if an agreement is not reached by January 1.
If an agreement is not reached, Irish sausages and German bratwurst could also disappear from the shelves of British supermarkets early next year.
Last-minute talks are underway to avoid a two-way embargo on uncooked prepared meat products which EU regulations state cannot be imported into the bloc unless frozen to minus -18C.
Under the current rules such products, which also includes mince, would not be allowed to enter Britain from January 1.
The UK has warned it could introduce a reciprocal ban on exports to Britain if a resolution cannot be reached.
Britain will be treated as a non-EU country after the end of 2020 under the terms of the withdrawal agreement but Northern Ireland will maintain EU food safety rules in a bid to prevent a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.
This means British sausages could also be banned from Northern Ireland.
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Tens of millions of pounds worth of meat will be threatened and supply chains disrupted if a deal cannot be reached to allow fresh or chilled meat products to travel from Britain into Northern Ireland.
Ireland's Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said: "There's going to be significant work then required in the weeks ahead as well to ensure that trade is as smooth and as efficient as possible on the first of January."
A Whitehall source said: "It's been pointed out that the government has committed to mirroring EU food safety legislation after we leave the bloc.
"That means if they ban it then we'll ban it too."
EU sources have claimed that the trade deal is 95% complete except for a few major obstacles.
These include questions of fishing, a level playing field trade policy and how the final deal will be enforced.
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