Environment Secretary Michael Gove (pictured, with his beloved Bichon Frise dog snowy) will be in charge of steering the new policy through Britain if the UK does not get a Brexit deal
Pet owners will have to buy a £55 health certificate every time they go to Europe on holiday if Britain crashes out of the EU without a Brexit deal.
Britons wanting to take their pooches or other beloved pets with them face a slew of new checks if there is a no deal Brexit.
The UK will be treated as an ‘unlisted third country’ meaning that pet owners will have to prove their animals are healthy enough to travel to the continent.
Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, told the Daily Telegraph that owners should go to the vets as soon as possible to get their pet’s documents in order if they want to travel to the EU after Brexit day at the end of next March.
She said: ‘I urge all pet owners who wish to travel immediately after March 29 2019 to consult with their vet as soon as they can.
‘This is to ensure their pet has the correct health protection documented and in place for all possible exit scenarios.
‘We have been in contact with vets to highlight this issue.’
Pets travelling from the UK will have to have a blood test to show that they have sufficient levels of rabies antibody.
The tests must be carried out at least 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and three months before the travel date – meaning owners should be getting them around now to travel abroad immediately after Brexit.
Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer (pictured) said pet owners should get down to their vets for the certificates as soon as possible if they want to travel shortly after Brexit day
If the pet gets a clean bill of health then they are given a veterinary health certificate which is valid for just 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU.
The whole process could cost up to £200, says the British Veterinary Association, who warned that vets could struggle with the massive flood of demand if Britain fails to get a deal.
Owners will have to buy new health certificates for every visit to the EU, costing at least £55 each time – meaning frequent travellers could rack up big bills.
The warning comes as Theresa May gathered her Cabinet in Downing Street today amid speculation Number Ten is on the cusp of agreeing a Brexit deal with the EU.