This week a deal was reached in principle between the UK and Australia to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Dubbed “historic” by the UK government, BVA said it raised questions about animal welfare safeguards. BVA Policy Officer Michael McGilligan explains what the deal means and why BVA is concerned.
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01 Dec 2020 | Michael McGilligan
In my previous blog I outlined the passage of the Agriculture Act and the how veterinary profession influenced the new system that will be rolled out in England over the coming months and years. Below, I will shed some light on what it all means for vets and your clients.
The Agriculture Act is now the law of the land, more than two and a half years after the government published its plans in the Health and Harmony consultation document. After years of political back and forth, it is worth taking a moment to recognise how far we have come and how much vets have helped to shape the future of agricultural support in England.
Brexit presents several concerns for Northern Ireland as the only part of the UK to share a land border with an EU Member State. However, according to BVA Policy Officer Michael McGilligan it is an opportunity to reshape the system of agricultural support.
BVA is taking a proactive approach to influencing the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s preparations for exiting the EU. Policy Officer Michael McGilligan explains our work to date, and where the veterinary profession can make an impact going forward.
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