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Brexit: plant and animal biosecurity inquiry launched

16 March 2018

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee launches a new inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the UK's plant and animal biosecurity.


The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the negotiations on Brexit.

Scope of the inquiry

For the purposes of the inquiry, “biosecurity” is defined as preventing and containing the spread of pests, diseases and pathogens. Animal health, plant health, food safety and invasive species are within the scope of the inquiry; human health and bioterrorism are not.

The inquiry will explore:

  • The extent to which a common UK-EU approach to biosecurity will continue to be desirable post-Brexit
  • The ways the UK and EU currently share biosecurity information, and whether these can be maintained
  • The resource challenges of repatriating biosecurity risk assessment and inspection
  • The potential need for a common biosecurity framework across the UK
  • How the UK could strengthen its biosecurity after leaving the EU.


The Committee will begin taking oral evidence for this inquiry in April 2018. The closing date for written submissions is Friday 13 April 2018

Further information

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