Brexit: Will you be able to take your pet to Europe after EU exit?

Michel Barnier saying: A failure of the negotiations would have many consequences, including the ability... of dogs and cats to cross the Channel.

The claim: If Brexit negotiations fail it will make it harder to travel with pets from the UK to the EU.

Reality Check verdict: If there is no deal then it will indeed be harder to take pets to the EU. The pet passport scheme includes countries that are not EU members, but a deal would need to be done.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier has warned French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche of some of the consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Among those, he spoke about “the ability… of dogs and cats to cross the Channel”.

At the moment you can take your pet dog, cat, or indeed ferret, from the UK to the EU and back again without quarantine provided that certain conditions are met, such as having a pet passport and your pet being microchipped.

Pet passports are issued by EU countries and a short list of other countries such as Greenland, Iceland and Switzerland.

The UK could be added to this list, but clearly agreements would be needed to make that happen – it would not be automatic.

For pets from countries that do not issue passports, the EU distinguishes between listed and non-listed countries, depending on whether they have suitably robust surveillance and reporting systems for diseases such as rabies.

Pets from listed countries such as the US, Japan and Russia, need to have paperwork filled out, including health certificates from their vets, if they are to avoid blood tests or quarantine at the border. They will have had to have a test for rabies within three months of the date of travel, for example.

Mr Barnier was talking to a French publication and of course the added difficulties for British pets crossing the Channel would be the same for French and other EU pets crossing the other way.

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Image caption In 2002 this dog was the first to travel to the UK using a pet passport

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