Brexit information and supports

Introduction

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum. The UK leaving the EU is known as ‘Brexit’ (short for ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’).

On 29 March 2017, the UK gave notice to the European Council under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (pdf) of its intention to leave the EU.

This means that the UK was expected to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. This 2-year period can be extended, if the UK and the European Council agree. The European Council agreed on 10 April to extend Article 50 until 31 October 2019. This decision was taken in agreement with the UK. The UK will have to hold European Parliament elections if it is still a member of the EU between 23 and 26 May 2019. If the UK fails to hold the elections, it will leave the EU on 1 June 2019.

Brexit will have wide-ranging implications for Ireland, and the Government is making extensive preparations for it. This document outlines the main sources of information and support. It will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

Brexit Omnibus Bill

The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 (also known as the Brexit Omnibus Bill) was passed by the Oireachtas on 13 March.

The legislation aims to prepare Ireland for a disorderly Brexit (also called a "no-deal Brexit"). The Bill is made up of 15 parts and crosses the remit of 9 Government ministers. Each part will be commenced by the individual minister at the appropriate time.

However, many of the provisions in the Bill will only be necessary if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 under a no-deal scenario. A list of 21 statutory instruments was also published. This secondary legislation will be ready to be enacted before 29 March if necessary in a no-deal scenario.

You can read a summary of the Bill in the Explanatory Memorandum (pdf).

Irish sources of Brexit information and support

Gov.ie has a dedicated Brexit information page with advice and information for businesses and individuals on Brexit and Business and Brexit and You.

@BrexitReadyIRL is the main Government Twitter account for Brexit news.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a section of its website dedicated to Brexit. This includes:

It also covers the Government's Contingency Action Plan for a "no-deal" Brexit.

You can keep up with developments on the Department's Brexit News and information section, which includes an option to sign up for the Government's Brexit newsletter.

Revenue has published information about trade facilitation and customs procedures for trade with the UK after Brexit. It has been running a series of Brexit information seminars in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) and has published the presentation (pdf) used at these seminars. It also offers an email query service for specific queries in relation to Brexit and customs matters.

Other important sources of information include:

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has set up a Brexit Call Centre for queries.

You can call 076 106 4443 or email Brexitcall@agriculture.gov.ie.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has published Brexit-related FAQs.

You can contact the DEASP customer information team directly at BrexitQueries@welfare.ie or call (071) 919 3302 or 1890 66 22 44.

You can also read our documents What is Brexit? and Brexit and you and Brexit updates.

EU Commission information

The EU Commission website has detailed information on Brexit, including:

You can subscribe to Brexit update emails from the EU Commission.

UK information

The UK has published a wide range of Brexit information on gov.uk. This includes:

You can sign up to regular Brexit updates from gov.uk.

Page edited: 11 April 2019