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Horse Racing

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL11603, tabled on 17 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have completed negotiations on the continuation of the Tripartite Agreement to permit the free movement of racehorses between Ireland, the United Kingdom and France following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.

Answered on

5 January 2021

The European Commission has made clear that, as a third country, Great Britain will no longer have access to the Tripartite Agreement from 1 January 2021. Northern Ireland will remain part of it under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Government is therefore continuing to work closely with industry to facilitate the continued movement of equines following the Transition Period, recognising the value of the equine sector to the entire UK economy.?This will include allowing horses from the European Union that pose a low disease risk, including from France and Ireland, to continue to enter Great Britain with only necessary animal health controls.