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A British man who lives in Spain was left shocked after being given strict instructions to bin a bottle of his Nando's peri-peri sauce over the border from Gibraltar.
Joseph Lathey, originally from Torquay, moved to the little Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción when he was seven and has explained how it's typically impossible to get his hands on British brands unless he heads over the border to Gibraltar, which is considered British Overseas Territory.
The 27-year-old regularly crosses the border for his work as an Audio Visual Technician, so tends to pick up a few of his favourite goods when he's there, reports Devon Live.
Last week, following a long day at the office, Joseph was heading back home into Spain after picking up what he called the "sacred" Nando's 'peri-peri sauce from a shop in Gibraltar.
However, he was then gutted to find out that under the new Brexit rules, he can't take over the sauce as it contains processed vegetables.
He said: ''I can't always find British brands such as Cadbury in Spain, so I usually pick them up when I am in Gibraltar.
"Normally they just take a glance and let you through. But this time he casually started going through things and picking stuff up – taking everything apart from my clothes and some spices.''
Joseph – who speaks fluent Spanish – says that although security ordered him to dispose of many other items including samosas and flatbreads, he got the impression that the customs officer 'clearly' didn't know any of these laws off by heart.
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He said: ''He was having to reference the papers he had, and he seemed as confused by the legal jargon as I was.
''I was under the impression that the rules only prohibited meat and dairy.
''But when it comes to the police you can't really argue with them.''
Joseph was told that he could either dispose of the items there and then or return back into Gibraltar, which he did.
He added: ''I went back into Gibraltar and went onto a local Facebook page and sold the items for about £20.''
Joseph believes that he was only allowed to keep around £6 worth of the £43 shop.
Despite the refusal of the spicy sauce, Joseph says it is not all doom and gloom as he has since managed to 'obtain' a bottle of Nando's mild peri-peri sauce.
Joseph is due to speak with a Nando's representative.
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