Food Safety (Ireland Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October

(a separate post will notify if/when this date changes, and it is unlikely a future exit day will be later than 31st January 2020)

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has a Brexit section online (last reviewed 6th August 2019) that presents relevant information for persons who trade with the UK (this includes Northern Ireland) as part of a food business.

There is a huge amount of information on this online site.

A Q&A document consolidates much of it – here (dated 2 April 2019)

A key component is the Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). As the reader is aware, there is an International Land Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK). This is known as the Irish Border.

The Irish Government is working with the EU to establish additional BIPs to serve trade across the Irish Border. The location of these additional BIPs is not yet announced, other than statements made by the Irish Government that they will be located away from the actual Irish Border physical position.

The BIPs at Dublin and Shannon (page 9 of the Q&A) are already set up.

Building Safety (England)

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made a statement in the House of Commons this morning – this is the video of the statement – here.

Accompanying this are the following announcements –

(1) sprinkler review for high rise homes – here

(2) consultation on sprinklers and fire safety measures in new high rise blocks of flats – here

(3) consultation outcome of the Technical Review (call for evidence) of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations – here

Please read these announcements carefully.

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready (Ireland Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October

(a different date may be agreed between the UK and the EU, but this Exit date is unlikely to be later than 31st January 2020)

Yesterday, 4th September, the Government of Ireland has issued an important Practical Steps document – here.

Please examine this document carefully.

Travelling to the UK (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October 2019

(or it may be the later date of 31st January 2020 – I will put a separate post if/when the Exit day changes to 31st January 2020)

Announced yesterday (4th September) by the UK Home Office – confirmation of return of the International Border – here

* no blue EU customs channel at ports/airports

* all travellers to UK must declare to customs (by choosing the red or green channel)

* blue UK passports in 2019 (passport renewals)

* no right to permanent residence for EU arrivals (this will be by Statutory Instrument)

* visitors and travellers for short trips will be let in

* stays beyond 3 months must be covered by successful applications to online Euro TLR (these can be made whilst in UK, and up to 31st December 2020)

* Euro TLR will permit one 3-yr stay only

* Euro TLR will permit work and property rental

* Employers not obliged to distinguish between Settled Status and Euro TLR workers until Jan 2021 (when new points-based Immigration system introduced)

* Foreigners owning UK property is unaffected (I believe – the announcement is silent) – but note the visitation restriction

6th Brexit Preparedness (EU Exit)

Exit day is 31st October (unless a later date is sought by the UK and agreed by the EU)

Yesterday (3rd September) the EU issued its 6th Brexit Preparedness Package. Here.

This contains an updated Brexit Checklist here.

Please read this September 2019 Brexit Preparedness Checklist carefully.

Core actions to be checked are set out in boxes.

Please note the unilateral extension of some timelines in the EU contingency measures here.

Update on GB stickers (NI Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October (for the moment)

I posted yesterday with Warning re Get Ready Brexit Checker, and I said the reader should check in-country (the receiving country).

Statement from @deptinfra on GB stickers (posted by @DarranMarshal, twitter)

“The requirement that all UK motorists driving in Ireland should display a GB sticker stems from the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. It is not an EU requirement & is not affected by Brexit.”

UK Get Ready Brexit Checker says all UK vehicles will be required to have a GB sticker when travelling in the Republic post Brexit.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure statement:

“We are not aware of any occasion when this has been enforced by the Irish government.”

Exit day changes (UK Brexit)

Exit day is 31st October (this date is in a UK Statutory Instrument that is commenced)

Later today Parliament will seek to gain agreement for a motion to take control tomorrow 4th September to debate (and enact) a Bill – the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill 2019 – brought by persons other than the Johnson-DUP administration.

This Bill (if enacted) would oblige the Prime Minister to seek to extend the Exit day to 31st January 2020 by letter in the form set out in the Schedule (and to accept immediately any EU agreement to extension – and to accept any other EU proposed extension in two days unless the House of Commons rejects it) –

unless by 19th October Parliament consents to Exit without a deal or it agrees to a new deal with the EU.

If the Bill is agreed (passed), I will issue a new Blog post.

As a Bill it will need to be agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The Johnson-DUP administration already has Crown powers (available to it) to suspend Parliament during dates in September and October.