UK listed status application approved to assure animal and animal product movements in a no-deal Brexit.
The UK’s listed status application has been agreed by European Union (EU) member states.
The announcement comes after the UK met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products. The confirmation is part of the EU’s published no deal contingency planning – without it, exports of animal products and most live animals to the EU could not take place in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU on April 12.
It also means the movement of equines between the UK and the EU will also now continue in a no deal scenario, offering welcome reassurance to this sector.
Food and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said:”This is good news for UK businesses. It demonstrates our very high standards of biosecurity and animal health which we will continue to maintain after we leave the EU.”
UK exports of animals and their products to the EU will need to go through an EU Border Inspection Post and businesses will still require an Export Health Certificate (EHC) and meet its requirements. The guidance remains to send an EHC with the export consignment, and to send a copy of the EHC to the EU importer.
The decision by the European Union applies only to a no-deal Brexit on April 12 2019. There would need to be another vote if the UK was to leave in a no deal scenario on a different date.