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BREXIT and its potential impact on Northern Ireland was a key theme of the speech given by Gudrun Ravetz, the BVA President, during the BVA's annual dinner in Stormont last week.
Noting that Northern Ireland was unique in being the only part of the UK with a land border with another EU member state, Mrs Ravetz said that one of the BVA's first actions following the announcement of the result of the referendum had been to write to Michelle McIlveen, the minister for agriculture in Northern Ireland, calling for maintenance of the Common Travel Area, to facilitate movement for both work and study purposes. The Association had also called for protection of the rights of non-UK EU vets and veterinary nurses to continue living and working in the UK.
Thanking Miss McIlveen, who was a guest at the dinner, for her ‘reassuring response’ to the correspondence, Mrs Ravetz said that a productive meeting had been held to consider issues that might arise in relation to Northern Ireland, such as the importance of cross-border trade. ‘BVA is …