October 12, 2018 / 1:56 PM / a month ago

Movement of horses from UK to the EU could be barred by no-deal Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - The movement of horses between Britain and the European Union for racing or breeding could be stopped after March 2019 if there is no Brexit deal and Britain is not deemed a listed third party, the UK government said on Friday.

Britain is setting out the implications of a “no deal” Brexit, a situation which it says remains unlikely given work towards securing a negotiated outcome.

The movement of horses between Britain and Europe, for example for racing, is currently subject to EU rules which typically require an ID and health document. For travel between Britain, France and Ireland only an ID document is required.

Britain is seeking talks with the European Commission to become a listed third country, similar to Australia and New Zealand, on the day it leaves the EU, which would allow horses to travel with appropriate ID and health documents.

“However, to allow effective contingency planning, in the event that the UK is not a listed country, equine movement to the EU could not take place,” it said.

The import of horses from the EU into Britain will not change immediately after exit because the country is replicating current systems, the British government said.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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