Regardless of the outcome of the EU-UK future partnership negotiations, the UK will leave the Single Market and the Customs Union on 1 January 2021. This will bring substantial change to the operation of Ireland’s supply chains and trade flows and exports to the UK - creating new checks, controls and regulatory requirements on trade.
The transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020 and the Government has decided that everyone should now plan our readiness work on the basis of two scenarios:
(i) a limited trade deal (including an agreement on fisheries), or,
(ii) no deal, meaning the UK and EU will trade on WTO terms from 1 January 2021.
Both scenarios will bring substantial challenges for supply chains and trade flows and no set of arrangements will be able to replicate the access and benefits of the UK being a member of the EU and within the Single Market and Customs Union. There will be checks and controls in both directions on EU-UK trade for which everyone needs to be ready.
The Government of Ireland and the European Commission will be publishing more detailed information over the coming months to guide business and individual get ready for the end of the transition period.
Getting Ireland Brexit Ready
The Getting Ireland Brexit Ready website was put in place by the Government to provide key information to businesses and individuals to help them get ready for Brexit.
There is also more detailed information on the unique provisions for Northern Ireland and how these will protect the integrity of the Single Market as well as addressing the unique situation of the island of Ireland.
Brexit information on the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation website.
EU Commission Readiness Notices
On 9 July 2020 the EU Commission published a communication to the European Parliament and the Council on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
It sets out the main areas of change that will take place in any event as of the end of the transition period, whether there is an agreement on a future partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom or not.
The changes described here will result automatically from the fact that, as of 1 January 2021, the transition period allowing for the temporary participation of the United Kingdom in the EU Single Market and Customs Union will cease, thereby putting an end to the free movement of persons, goods and services.
This will lead to additional barriers to trade and to the cross-border mobility of people, and adjustments will be necessary both on the side of the Union and of the United Kingdom. By leaving the Union, the United Kingdom is also leaving all Union international agreements, automatically and by law.
Businesses and individuals must urgently take all the necessary readiness measures to prepare for these changes with a view to minimising the cost of disruptions as much as possible.
The Commission is reviewing – and where necessary updating – the over 100 sector-specific stakeholder preparedness notices it published during the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. Those notices that have already been updated as ‘notices for readiness’ can be found here
You can download key updated notices for readiness at the links below:
- Industrial products published on 13 March 2020, available here.
- Emissions trading system (EU ETS) published on 7 July 2020
- EU Ecolabel published on 26 June 2020
- Recreational craft and personal watercraft published on 25 June 2020
- Transportable pressure equipment published on 5 June 2020
- Motor vehicles published on 14 July 2020
The older sector-specific stakeholder preparedness notices published during the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom in 2019 can be found here. Note that many of these notices that have already been updated as ‘notices for readiness’ (see links above).