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’).
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.
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 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.
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