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 and passed by the House of Commons.

    Brexit was scheduled to take place on March 29, 2019. However, following negotiations with the EU, that date was extended to October 31, 2019 before being pushed out to January 31, 2020. 

    A general election in the UK in mid-December saw a clear-cut victory for the Conservative Party with Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising that UK will leave the EU on January 31, 2020, with a trade negotiations with the EU to follow. A transition period is scheduled to run until December 31, 2020.

    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

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