**Brexit update 11 April**
The BEF notes that the UK has been granted a six-month extension to its departure from the European Union. The new deadline of 31 October 2019 means that the UK will NOT now leave with No Deal on 12 April.
The BEF welcomed the news on 10 April that the UK had been given "listed status" meaning that the movement of horses from the UK to the EU would continue in the event of a No Deal Brexit. However it is important to stress that agreement was only valid for a No Deal exit on 12 April. There will need to be a new agreement if the UK were to leave in a No Deal scenario on a different date.
A priority for the BEF has been to make sure that owners are well informed on how to prepare for a No Deal departure - and we will continue to work closely with government, vets and other leaders in the equine industry to make sure they have the latest information.
We have prepared an FAQ for how to prepare for No Deal here.
**Brexit update 10 April**
The BEF is pleased to see that the UK’s listed status application has been agreed by EU Member States. This means that we have met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for the UK to export horses and that the movement of horses between the UK and the EU will continue in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Exports of horses to the EU will need to go through an EU Border Inspection Post and be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC).
We will keep you updated on any changes to this situation as they occur, and the situation may well change following UK Government’s meetings with EU members today (Wednesday 10 April 2019). Information for horse owners here - Our updated FAQ is here.
The UK is preparing to leave the European Union on 12 April (unless developments indicate otherwise). The circumstances of the UK’s departure are not yet clear but the BEF has been working closely with government, vets and leaders in the equine industry to make sure our members are informed about what they need to do in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
MOVEMENT OF HORSES
UK Government announces information for horse owners here
Rules for exporting horses and other equines, including ponies and donkeys, and what you’ll need to do if there’s no Brexit deal here
The BEF has been working with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to prepare a FAQ for horse owners to help answer their concerns.
MOVEMENT OF HUMANS
A No Deal Brexit also has implications for the movement of riders, grooms, support staff, etc. The links below provide guidance on what will change after the UK leaves the EU and how to prepare:
As the conditions under which the UK leaves the EU become clearer, the BEF will continue to take advice from government on how owners can best prepare themselves. Our latest guidance will appear on this page.