One of Britain’s most prestigious horse racing events, the Grand National, could be ruined this year if there’s a “no-deal” exit by Britain from the European Union, said Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
Gove said if Britain leaves the EU in late March without a deal in place for future relationships with member countries, Irish and French horses would be unable to ship in for the Grand National the first weekend in April. Irish-based runners have been very influential in recent editions of the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, winning eight times since 1999. Last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, came from Ireland.
The current system, which allows horses to move freely between Ireland, France and Britain, would no longer be in effect under a “no-deal” Brexit. Gove said the potential harm to the beloved Grand National race was a “very important point.”
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