Farm groups and vets angry at Government decision to delay checks on EU imports

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Farm groups and vets have responded angrily to a Government decision to delay checks on EU food imports to Great Britain (GB).

Exports from GB to the EU have faced thorough checks since the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1 2021, causing delays and leaving some food consignments rotting at ports.

Equivalent checks were due to be introduced on EU imports to GB from April 1, but last week, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove announced health certificates on products such as meat and milk will not be required before October, with in-person inspection on animal products now delayed from July to January 2022.

Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) president Glyn Roberts said GB businesses were facing paperwork and checks, while their EU counterparts still had free access to the Great British market.

“This means we have an uneven playing field which greatly favours EU businesses, and now the UK Government has extended this advantage by at least six months,” he added.



by Abi Kay / Farmers Guardian

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