Talking Horses: Mullins expresses 'huge relief' as VAT travel fears ease

By: Greg Wood and Chris Cook Saturday 16 January 2021

The Irish trainer had feared extra transport costs after Brexit but was ‘pleasantly surprised’ to find that was not the case

Fears that horses travelling to Britain from Ireland and France to compete at major racing festivals would be subject to refundable VAT, charged at 19% of their value, have receded after Willie Mullins’s mare Grangee entered the UK on Friday without any charge being levied.

A report on Friday morning suggested that significant tax charges, which could have taken several months to reclaim, would be payable on all horses entering the country after 1 January, as a result of Britain’s exit from the EU’s single market and customs union.

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