Agriculture and environment - Brexit information

The UK is preparing to leave the European Union. There are two main options for leaving: with a ‘withdrawal agreement’ and period of time to put necessary arrangements in place; or without an agreed deal. A ‘no-deal’ Brexit may have an impact on the agri-food industry and environmental policies.

Export Health Certificates (EHC)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK is likely to have to apply full third country export rules when exporting animals and products of animal origin to the EU, including the Republic of Ireland.

This means that a large number of products will no longer be able to be exported from the UK to the EU on a commercial document, but will require an Export Health Certificate (EHC).

You can find more information at this link:

Equines (including horses, ponies and donkeys)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, equine owners wishing to move their animal to the EU will have to make sure their animal meets the requirements for travelling to the EU.

Equine owners will need to take steps to prepare for a potential no deal and should consult a vet at least six weeks before they're intending to move their equine to the EU.

If the UK becomes a listed third country, equines would need to undertake blood tests for certain diseases before travel to the EU.

There would also be changes to the documents required to move equines from the UK to the EU.

You can find more information at this link:

More NI information 

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has a page of Brexit questions and answers on its website. This includes information about:

UK government information

The UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has guidance on a number of issues if there is a 'no-deal' situation, including:

It also has guidance for the farming sector in general, explaining how a 'no-deal' situation may affect other issues like:

  • EU funding
  • importing and exporting
  • employees
  • marketing standards
  • genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • pesticides and chemical regulations
  • trade agreements
  • tariffs
  • data protection

The Food Standards Agency also has guidance on preparing your business for EU exit.

It covers topics like health and identification marks, and importing high-risk food and animal feed.

 

 

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