EU Exit Guidance

While it is the position of the Scottish Government that Scotland is better off remaining in the EU, preparations are underway for the UK’s exit from the EU.

This page contains information relating to EU exit preparations for all subject matters falling under SASA’s remit.

This information is in development and will be regularly updated. If you cannot find guidance for specific issues relating to the above please contact euexit@sasa.gov.scot.

LATEST
Plant Breeders' Rights / Plant Variety Rights guidance updated 24/4/19
Plant Health guidance updated 24/4/19
Seeds guidance updated 24/4/19

 

Fertilisers EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  21/3/19 

Fertiliser Regulations and Brexit

The four UK administrations have been working together to ensure fertiliser regulations that will be converted into UK law in the event of a no deal remain operable and allow continued protection of human health and the environment, and stability for businesses and consumers.

The current EC label requirement will be replaced with a UK label requirement and conformity tests will be required to be carried out by UK labs.  There will be a two year transition period for fertilisers marketed in the UK under current EU regulations, that is, products sold as EC fertilisers can continue to be marketed in the UK with the same packaging for two years as long as they continue to comply with EU regulations.  We expect supply of fertilisers to remain consistent.

More information on the new UK fertiliser label, trading with the EU and EEA and ammonium nitrate imports can be found in a guidance note, prepared by Defra in consultation with the devolved administrations.

 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Standards EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  26/3/19 

While it is the intention of the UK Government to leave the EU with a deal, it is the responsibility of the UK and Scottish Governments to prepare for the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal some of the import and export processes for fresh fruit and vegetables that are subject to marketing standards will change.

There will be no changes to the process of importing and exporting fresh fruit and vegetables with non-EU third countries in a no-deal scenario.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal the EU will become a third country for the purposes of trade with the UK. To help facilitate the efficient import of produce from the EU into the UK, importers will not be required to apply for a UK-issued certificate of conformity ahead of arriving in the UK. There will be increased inland inspections of produce to ensure that the quality of produce is maintained. Exporters from Scotland to the EU will be required to apply for a UK-issued certificate of conformity for produce covered by the Specific Marketing Standards which can be obtained by contacting the SASA’s Horticulture and Marketing Unit on hort.marketing@govt.scot. It is advised that Scottish exporters also contact the appropriate authority in the final destination of their exported produce to obtain a EU-issued certificate of conformity.

For further information the UK Government have issued a guidance note for fruit and vegetable importers, packers, distributors and retailers on the changes to the marketing standards if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Pesticides EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  17/4/19 

Pesticide Regulations and Brexit

While it is the position of the Scottish Government that Scotland is better off remaining in the EU, preparations are underway for the UK’s exit from the EU. The four UK administrations have been working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure new regulations are similar to those in place before Brexit to protect human health and the environment and to provide stability for businesses and consumers. 

The rules will be different depending on how the UK leaves the EU.  The guidance below will help you prepare for each scenario. 

HSE will continue to operate as the UK’s regulator in both deal and no deal scenarios.

 

 

Plant Breeders' Rights / Plant Variety Rights

What businesses need to do to apply for DUS testing and/or plant variety rights after Brexit

Further guidance on Plant Breeders' Rights, variety registration (National Listing) and marketing of seeds and plant reproductive material can be found on the [UK Government website]

Plant Health EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  24/4/19 

Preparing for changes at the UK border if there's a no deal EU Exit


Imports


Exports

  • Should we leave the EU without a deal, the UK will be classed by the EU as a third country, therefore third country rules apply and any export from Scotland will need to comply with EU phytosanitary requirements. To see if this applies to you please use our [flowchart].
  • Exporting Forest Reproductive Material in the event of a no deal EU exit. To see if this applies to you please use our [flowchart].


Plant passports

  • Those products that currently require a plant passport from the EU will require a phytosanitary certificate, you can find a list of these plants and plant products on the [APHA website].

 
 

Potato EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  18/4/19 

Should we leave the EU without a deal, the UK will be classed by the EU as a third country, therefore third country rules apply and any export from Scotland will need to comply with EU phytosanitary requirements. To see if this applies to you please use our exporting seed potatoes [flowchart].  

Preparing for changes at the UK border if there's a no deal EU Exit

  • The following [letter] was sent to Scottish growers and businesses on the 8 March 2019 regarding the export of potatoes to the EU in a no deal. As the date of EU exit has now changed, please assume the instructions in the letter will apply on the day of  EU exit in a no deal scenario.

 

Seeds and Plant Propagating Material EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  17/4/19 

Update on exporting seed and other propagating material to the EU
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Fruit Plant and Propagating Material

last updated:  20/3/19 

Should we leave the EU without a deal, the UK will be classed by the EU as a third country, therefore third country rules apply and any export from Scotland will need to comply with EU phytosanitary requirements. To see if this applies to you please use our exporting fruit in a no deal [flowchart].

 

 

Ornamental Plant Propagating Material

last updated:  20/3/19 

Should we leave the EU without a deal, the UK will be classed by the EU as a third country, therefore third country rules apply and any export from Scotland will need to comply with EU phytosanitary requirements. To see if this applies to you please use our exporting ornamental plants in a no deal [flowchart].

 

 

Seeds

last updated:  24/4/19 

Should we leave the EU without a deal, the UK will be classed by the EU as a third country, therefore third country rules apply and any export from Scotland will need to comply with EU phytosanitary requirements. To see if this applies to you please use our exporting [seed of vegetables in a no deal flowchart] and our [certified, basic/pre-basic seed flowchart].