21st February 2019

New UK government guidance published on the movement of equines ahead of EU exit

You will wish to be aware that when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 there will be a number of changes to the process for moving horses, ponies and other equines from the UK to EU member states.

In order to minimise any disruption, the UK Government has today (21 February) issued guidance for owners of horses, ponies and other equines who transport their animals from the UK to the EU on the preparations they need to made in the event of a no deal Brexit.  The guidance will help owners to navigate the new processes for moving horses and other equine animals from the UK to EU member states. This will also apply to those owners that currently move their animals between the UK, Ireland and France under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) – an agreement relied on by many in the horseracing industry and the competition sector. 

To ensure businesses and equine owners are aware of the changes and able to make the necessary preparations the UK Government has launched a communications campaign and anyone that may be affected should read the press release and latest guidance on the UK regulation on equine movements after the UK leaves the EU here on gov.uk