The UK animal medicines sector is increasingly concerned at the prospect of a no-deal Brexit as the March 2019 deadline nears, states its trade body the National Office of Animal Health.

The latest NOAH Brexit Barometer, the third in a series tracking industry attitudes, found that the turbulent negotiations, seemingly continued lack of Government progress and strong possibility of a no-deal Brexit are causing grave concern in the animal medicines industry.

More respondents were worried about trade and exports, public health and food production post-Brexit compared to six months ago. Conversely there was a more positive view on the prospects for animal health and welfare outside the EU.

But the overall industry picture reveals a “notable” increase in pessimism, with no contributors feeling very optimistic about the future of the industry post-Brexit and almost half (43%) feeling very or somewhat pessimistic.

“We do need more clarity from Government in order to secure the best possible outcome for the animal medicines industry,” says NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard. “The reality of a no-deal Brexit is looming and only with government clarity and solutions can we achieve the outcomes that we as an industry are striving for.”