Brexit information and supports
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. From this date, the EU and the UK had 2 years to negotiate arrangements for the UK to leave. This means that the UK is expected to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. This 2-year period can be extended, if the UK and the European Council agree.
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 Government published the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 (pdf) on 22 February 2019.
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. It is expected that the Bill will be ready for commencement by 29 March 2019 and 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.
Irish sources of Brexit information and support
@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:
- Brexit negotiations
- Brexit and business, including information on financial supports and a set of business FAQs
- A "Brexit and you" section with topics like the Common Travel Area, studying and working in the UK and EU, and FAQs that people might have
It also covers the Government's Contingency Action Plan for a "no-deal" Brexit.
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 address Brexitcall@agriculture.gov.ie
EU Commission information
The EU Commission website has detailed information on Brexit, including:
- Brexit negotiations - process, principles, news and speeches
- Brexit preparedness including notices setting out the consequences of Brexit in a range of policy areas
- Information and FAQs on the EU's Contingency Action Plan for a "no-deal" Brexit
You can subscribe to Brexit update emails from the EU Commission.
The UK has published a wide range of Brexit information on gov.uk. This includes:
- Guidance for UK nationals about living and travelling in the EU, including information on what happens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
- Information on the EU Settlement Scheme, which enables EU citizens living in the UK to apply for settled status