Horse rac­ing ‘not at risk’ un­der a no-deal Brexit

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS - By David Mad­dox

FEARS that horse rac­ing might be af­fected by a “no deal” with the EU were quashed yes­ter­day.

Con­tin­gency pa­pers for the out­come pub­lished by the Govern­ment in­cluded mov­ing horses, en­ergy sup­ply in Northern Ire­land, EU reg­u­la­tions for busi­nesses and keep­ing sanc­tions regimes.

There were fears clas­sics like the Derby and Grand Na­tional were at risk be­cause many par­tic­i­pants come from Ire­land and France.

But the guid­ance is­sued by White­hall made it clear Bri­tish races will not be af­fected be­cause there will be no bar on horses en­ter­ing the UK.

Euro­pean races such as the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe in Paris may be more dif­fi­cult for Bri­tish-based horses.

The doc­u­ment said: “We are confident, how­ever, that the UK meets the an­i­mal health re­quire­ments to se­cure [EU] listing.”

Northern Ire­land en­ergy would be un­af­fected, it said. How­ever UK firms that own or run busi­ness op­er­a­tions in EU states could face “bur­den­some” re­stric­tions fol­low­ing a no-deal Brexit.

Firms were likely to face changes to the law... “for ex­am­ple, this could in­volve meet­ing ad­di­tional re­quire­ments in order to ac­quire real es­tate and/or re­quir­ing ad­di­tional ap­provals to op­er­ate”.

The pa­pers also made it clear that the UK would “look to carry over” all EU-agreed sanc­tions at the time of exit.

New sanc­tions and anti-money laun­der­ing laws should be in place by March 2019.

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