Michel Barnier has said that the collapse of trade talks is a “real possibility” and warned it could affect the ability of family pets “dogs and cats to cross the Channel”.
Under EU regulations, the owners of British cats and dogs only require a “pet passport” certifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies to travel within the European Union.
But Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading eurosceptic Tory MP, said: “It’s really very silly. You can’t take this man seriously, he is now negotiating absurdly. It undermines his credibility. The worry has always been of rabid animals coming from the Continent.”