Focus on Brexit: are we more prepared?

17 Oct 2020

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By Matthew Limb and Josh Loeb

This time last year, when a no-deal Brexit seemed a distinct possibility, Vet Record examined in detail its implications across seven key areas of interest to vets – UK-EU trade, medicines, the Irish border, workforce, transporting animals, animal welfare and education/research funding (VR, 12 October 2019, vol 185, pp 429-432; 19 October 2019, vol 185, pp 463-467).

Then Brexit happened – not a no-deal Brexit, but Brexit with a time-limited implementation period. Now, as the clock ticks down on trade talks between the UK and EU, we return to these subject areas to see what – if anything – has changed since last year and to gauge preparedness ahead of the ‘real’ Brexit date of 31 December 2020 when the UK will leave the EU single market and customs union at 23:00.

As we did last time around, we have provided a traffic...