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Irish vets ‘petrified’ about no-deal Brexit

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By Josh Loeb

Vets in the Republic of Ireland are petrified by the ‘nightmare’ of a no-deal Brexit, the president of the Irish equivalent of the BVA has said.

David McGuinness told a meeting on Brexit last week: ‘Just to let everybody here know, we’re absolutely scared out of our wits of a no-deal Brexit,’ he said. ‘We’re scared of a soft-deal Brexit and a lot of vets in the equine profession [in Ireland] are absolutely petrified.’

Speaking at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) congress, he said: ‘The implications for the tripartite agreement [the agreement allowing the free movement of some horses between the UK, Ireland and France], our ability to compete, our ability to get medicines…it’s absolutely frightening.

‘There are a lot of vets in the Republic of Ireland that really hope …

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