UK agriculture – animal health and welfare post-Brexit

01 March 2017

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee questions the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer about the implications of Brexit for animal health and animal welfare.


Wednesday 1 March in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Professor Nigel Gibbens CBE, Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Pamela Thompson, Head of EU Exit Team for Animal & Plant Health

Possible questions

  • To what extent is animal health and animal welfare regulated through EU law?
  • Which EU bodies and agencies assist in the prevention, detection and control of diseases? Will the UK need to replace these bodies post-Brexit?
  • What are the implications of Brexit on animal disease research and surveillance in the UK?
  • To what extent will animal health and welfare be affected by a new trading regime with the EU and third countries?
  • What proportion of veterinary staff working in the UK livestock industry are non-UK nationals?  Are there specific jobs that would be difficult to fill without access to EU labour?

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