While researching the implications of Brexit and the new EU/UK trade agreement on horse transport from Ireland, lines from many popular songs and poems went through my head but those from Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street really resonated – “You used to think that it was so easy, you used to say that it was so easy, but you’re tryin’, you’re tryin’ now.”

Back in innocent pre–Brexit times there was a very sensible Tripartite Agreement between Ireland, Britain and France regarding the transport of horses to and from the three countries. It was simple and easy. The only real requirement was a valid passport.