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‘Live exports for slaughter will be controlled’

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By Josh Loeb

Brexit will free the UK to exert control over the export of live animals for slaughter.

Defra has confirmed its stance that new regulations on live exports – including a possible ban – remain under active consideration by the government.

The department’s announcement came after campaigners warned that the Brexit deal struck by Theresa May would rule out any move to curtail live exports.

Under May’s deal there would be a transition period during which goods, including livestock transported across Europe to be slaughtered, would continue to flow freely – in line with the EU’s rules on free trade.

Even after the transition period expires, as is due to happen at the end of 2020, it would be expected that goods would continue to move freely between the EU and UK.

Since food-producing animals are classed as goods under existing EU rules, charity …

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