The continued growth and success of pure blood horses rise and grow and succeed if you can move racehorses as freely as possible for competition, breeding and sale, while maintaining absolutely the highest level of animal health and welfare. In the absence of a trade agreement with Britain, the task force calls on the EU to declare a balance of health for the three countries listed. The proposals also include regional agreements on the bioscurred movements of high-health horses, which have been signed between neighbouring EU Member States. Previously, there was a tripartite agreement between France, Great Britain and Ireland, and there is currently an agreement between France and the Benelux. For British racing and British breeding, it is essential to have adequate access to the best talent in the international racing industry. About 1 in 5 people working in British shipyards is of origin – or outside the EEA and plays an important role in our industry and the maintenance of our horses. In the event of a Brexit deal, Britain could be classified as a « third country » that would allow the free movement of horses. However, a non-agreement scenario could lead horses to pass through designated border inspection posts, with unavoidable delays. At the heart of this movement is the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), in force since the 1960s and which precedes the UK`s accession to the EU, which facilitates the movement between the UK, France and Ireland of horses with high health status – including « thoroughbreds for racing, breeding, training or selling ». The high health status of each horse can be immediately validated by access to current vaccines and medical documents, allowing for a higher level of surveillance and prevention of potential disease outbreaks, in line with biosecurity requirements under the EU Animal Health Act, thus facilitating rapid transit for these horses. Digital passports for horses may also be accepted for use between EU Member States and third countries on the A-list.
The racing sector is a clear example of the dependence of Member States` industries and activities after decades of gradual integration and the complexity of Brexit. Until the European Union and the United Kingdom reach a general agreement on their future relations, no specific sectoral agreement has been concluded or negotiated. There are several references to EU legislation throughout the text of the APV4. In the event of a non-Brexit deal without an interim agreement, it is hard to imagine how the current TPA system could remain in place. The British Prime Minister has firmly reaffirmed his government`s commitment to exiting the EU customs union and the internal market. One of the few options to guarantee the free movement of horses between the United Kingdom, with its new status as a third country, Ireland and France, and more broadly the rest of the European Union, would therefore be the signing of a new international agreement on this subject. It should be remembered, however, that UK animal welfare legislation should guarantee at least the same standards as EU standards (i.e., the UK should continue to apply existing EU legislation or replace it with similar legislation drawn up at national level), even if it has been the case. under EU law, Member States have limited jurisdiction over international agreements on specific issues. Less than seven weeks before the end of the transition period, the way horses move between the UK and the EU from January will change dramatically.