The detail to be covered in Brexit negotiations is the stuff of nightmares. But sometime an MP, is bound to table a Commons question, at the behest of constituents, on the free movement of ferrets.
Every year some 250,000 pets cross the Channel under an EU agreement. I have been unable to locate statistics showing how many of them were ferrets but most were dogs and cats.
Originally ferrets were excluded from the Pet Passport scheme but after a lot of squealing by ferret lovers in England the European Parliament voted in 2003 to extend the rules.
According to the Daily Mail in 2003: ‘The new law will make it easier for British male ferrets to meet French female ferrets,’ an EU spokesman said.
According to Politico.eu the EU chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, is aware that Pet Passports is one of the issues that will have to be settled. There is no evidence that even he is aware of the effect on ferrets.
But we don’t even know if David Davis is aware of the issue. When he gets down to details of Brexit I just hope he does a reverse ferret.