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EU Exit Guidance

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed. However a responsible government is continuing to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

Plant and Tree Health

Our plant health biosecurity arrangements protect the environment from pests and diseases and we will continue to protect the nation’s plant health biosecurity during and after our exit from the EU. Our work to prepare for EU Exit will ensure that biosecurity standards will continue to be met in ways that support trade and the smooth flow of goods.  

Businesses and individuals that trade in plants and plant products with countries both within and outside the EU will be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal. This includes trade in products that are currently managed under the EU plant passport regime or that are subject to third country controls under current EU rules. It also includes movement of wood packaging material between the UK and the EU.

You can find out more detail about these changes and how they might impact your business on our GOV.UK webpages.

To help you determine what action you may need to take to prepare for a potential ‘no deal’, we have prepared stakeholder packs, flow diagrams and specific scenarios.  

Plant Breeders' Rights and Seed Marketing

Our plant breeders’ rights and marketing requirements protect the interests of breeders and growers. Ongoing no deal planning will maintain breeders’ rights after Exit and we are working to maintain market access to the EU in the event that we leave the EU without a deal.

The UK will allow marketing of EU varieties and seed under EU labels for a 2 year interim period, except for seed potatoes which will be accepted for 1 year. Scotland will continue to operate its voluntary arrangement with industry on sourcing seed potatoes locally to maintain its higher phytosanitary status.

Businesses and individuals trading in seed and other propagating material with EU countries will be affected if the UK leaves with no deal. Currently, material can be marketed freely in all EU member states. In a no deal scenario you will not be able to export certain seed and propagating material to the EU, in particular where there is a requirement for certification under official control.

To be marketed here, UK certified seed and propagating material must continue to comply with the current marketing regulations.

Businesses and individuals using plant breeders’ rights will also be affected. After Exit, you will need to apply in the UK to protect a variety here and separately in the EU for protection in the EU. Varieties with EU rights in force two months before Exit day will continue to be protected in the UK. EU rights held by UK businesses will remain effective in the EU although an EU address will be required.

You can find out more detail about these changes and how they might impact your business on GOV.UK webpages.

To help you determine what action you may need to take to prepare for a potential ‘no deal’, we have prepared flow diagrams covering different scenarios.