28 October 2019
The UK was set to leave the EU following the referendum in 2016, however the departure date has been delayed.
Today it’s been reported that EU leaders have agreed in principle to delay the UK’s departure date until 31 January 2020 to avoid a no-deal Brexit, meaning the UK will not leave as planned on 31 October. The EU said it is a ‘flextension’, meaning the UK could leave before this date if a deal is approved by Parliament.
As the UK’s Market Leader in Veterinary wholesaling and distribution we take our role very seriously in supporting continuity of supply during any post Brexit changes and we have been monitoring the situation closely as I’m sure other companies are too. We started to assess plans and actions well in advance of the original proposed date, which was March this year.
Through our widespread distribution centres across the UK and our central facility in Stoke on Trent we have taken a number of proactive actions including carrying extra stock and increasing our capacity. We continue to work with manufacturers and all our supply chain partners to mitigate risks as we identify them. A collaborative approach continues to be the most effective plan of action during this everchanging situation.
We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure we can minimise disruption to our customers and will update you as more information comes to light.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Martin Riley – MD, National Veterinary Services