30 January 2020
The UK was set to leave the EU following the referendum in 2016, however the departure date has been delayed several times.
The European Parliament has now approved the terms of the UK’s departure for the European Union. This marks the final stage of the ratification process which will mean the UK will exit at 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020.
After the UK leaves, there will be an 11-month transition period in which negotiations will continue to agree a way forward and the UK will continue to follow EU rules. The UK has insisted talks should not extend beyond 31 December 2020 and the transition period will end.
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