Brexit Steering Group Releases Update


Following the UK leaving the European Union on Jan. 31, 2020, an implementation/transition period lasting from Feb. 1, 2020 to at least Dec. 31, 2020 will begin, the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group (TIBSG) announced in an update on Monday. Current arrangements relating to the movement of Thoroughbreds and people will operate as they currently do, as the existing Tripartite Agreement remains in place. European Union and European Economic Area nationals are encouraged to apply now for settled status beyond the end of the transition period. The priorities of the TIBSG are:

  • maintenance of the free movement of the Thoroughbred horse across Europe
  • safeguarding the free movement of people working within the Thoroughbred industry as much as possible
  • Ensure there are common technical, transport and taxation policies in order to assist with the above


“As the Brexit negotiations move in to the second phase, our industry continues with an international outlook and the aim of avoiding any unnecessary barriers to trade or the movement of the Thoroughbred,” said Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group Chair Julian Richmond-Watson. “We will work alongside European and sector colleagues, and the UK Government, aiming to deliver a future relationship with the EU which will enhance our great industry, support our highly valued European employees, and raise the already high animal health and welfare standards we have in place.”

To view more information on Brexit and how it will affect British horse racing, go to The full update can be found here.

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