Brexit a Serious Threat to the Equine Industry – Chambers
07 August 2019
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit, Lisa Chambers TD, says that Brexit represents a significant threat to the Equine industry. Chambers made her comments as the UK Government intensifies its preparations for a no deal Brexit.
Commenting Deputy Chambers said, “The equine industry makes a valuable contribution to the Irish economy, employing thousands of people both directly and indirectly. A no deal Brexit poses a very significant threat to this industry because the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) which is recognised in EU law will fall when Britain leaves the EU.
“Currently, Ireland is part of a Tripartite Agreement (TPA), along with the UK and France and this allows for the movement and trade of horses between the three countries without undergoing veterinary inspections and without health certificates.
“According to information I received by way of parliamentary question the UK has stated that in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, the UK will not require horses moving from Ireland to the UK to be accompanied by health certificates. Requirements applicable to equine animals travelling between Ireland and the Continent via the UK Landbridge is currently subject to clarification by the Commission. Changes to the TPA have the potential to be detrimental for the Irish racing, breeding and sales industries and it is essential that the Government has plans in place to mitigate against the worst effects of these changes.
“Report after report has indicated that a no deal Brexit will be hugely damaging and costly to the Irish economy and indeed the equine industry stands to be particularly affected if this comes to pass.
“There is now less than 90 days until October 31st, it is imperative that despite the very obvious chasm between the EU and the UK positions efforts continue to try and avoid a no deal outcome which would be the worst of all outcomes for all concerned,” concluded Deputy Chambers.