Brexit Readiness (Ireland)

UPDATE (10th July) – Northern Ireland Department for the Economy Trade and Investment Data under No Deal is here

Exit day is 31st October (114 days)

Today, Ireland’s T├ínaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is due to bring three Brexit memos to Cabinet, including a revised contingency action plan which will be published later in the day. (I will update this post online to link the document). The July updated Plan is here.

NEW: Goods exported from the UK to Ireland will be subject “to a minimum 24 hour notification period” hitting business reliance on roll-on-roll off ferry trade [this was expected]

The contingency plan, circa 100-pages long, is an update of the plan published last December, and then updated in January, before the first Brexit exit day of March 29th. (I posted about this plan at the time). The December plan (with its January update) is accessed here.

Per the Irish Times writing on the subject – It will cover preparations in about 20 areas, including aviation, road haulage, retail, tourism and medicines.

There will also be a memo describing preparations at ports and airports. In the January update preparations had not been fully advanced, a greater amount of detail, can be expected in this July update. We still await details of the measures for the land border with the UK, but these are expected only after October 31st.

Per the Irish Times writing on the subject – According to sources familiar with its content, the memo will approve the permanent structures at airports and ports, including Dublin and Rosslare Europort.

The third memo will outline communications plans required to inform businesses and the public about the implications of a no-deal Brexit.

[if the Ports and Communications memos are published, I will update this post online]

A campaign to prompt holders of UK driving licences to apply for Irish licences is already under way. In addition, information was made available and carried in newspapers on the island of Ireland prior to March to prompt drivers with UK car insurance to obtain Green Cards. This information (licences and insurance) is also set out, but not the subject of a state information campaign, on the UK side, and motor insurance companies have written to customers on the UK side.

The starting point for traders on both sides is EORI registration. EORI registration on the UK aside is still lagging.

The International Road Haulage (Permits) issue on the UK side was eased with the EU’s announcement of the temporary waiver, but this runs out at end of December, and would need to be extended.

The UK issued in March, its proposal for temporary customs arrangements for goods entering Northern Ireland from Ireland – here.