Brexit could have serious consequences for the Irish racing and breeding industry, a situation that would be compounded in a ‘No Deal’ scenario – that is, should no form of association or treaty be agreed between the EU and the UK. 

    The UK left the EU at 11pm on Friday, January 31, 2020. A transition period has begun, during which the UK's relationship with the EU will remain the same while trade talks are finalised before December 31, 2020. 

    *What happens in 2020 - key dates in the months ahead*

    November – A trade deal must be finalised by this date if it is to be ratified by the end of 2020.

    December 31 - Target date for the EU to have adopted a data adequacy decision in respect of the UK and vice versa (according to the Political Declaration on future relations). Transition period ends if it is not extended. In these circumstances, either a new Free Trade Agreement will apply from this date or a 'No Deal' Brexit could apply. 

    This section of our website provides information dealing with a 'No Deal' Brexit to those stakeholders engaged in racing, breeding or selling horses in the UK, our biggest export market. 

    To read DAFM's no deal advisory for the movement of animals, click here

    Brexit preparedness checklist for businesses moving animals, click here

    DAFM's Brexit Notice (June 19, 2020) - Movement of equines between Ireland and the UK after the transition period ends, click here


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