InterTradeIreland’s latest All-island Business Monitor reveals a continuing pattern of businesses deferring decisions and stalling investments against the backdrop of Brexit. Only 11 per cent of business planned to increase levels of staff training in Q1 2019, compared to 17 per cent in the same period last year, while only 4 per cent considered upgrading or changing premises. Read more here
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10 Days to Go!
The UK government has set out its approach to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on March 29th.
IEA cautiously welcomes rejection of no-deal, but strong uncertainties remain.
Dublin, 13th March 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) cautiously welcomes tonight’s decision by the UK House of Commons to reject the possibility of leaving the European Union without an agreed deal. However, in the absence of any unified House of Common’s position, the legal fall-back of no-deal will not be averted by tonight’s vote.
Responding to tonight’s vote, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “We cautiously welcome tonight’s vote by the House of Commons to reject the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 29 March 11pm (IST) without an agreed deal. However, tonight’s outcome also highlights the continued division in UK politics: With 16 days to Brexit, UK Members of Parliament continue to be deeply divided on how, when or even if, the United Kingdom is to leave the European Union. In the absence of any unified House of Common’s position, the legal fall-back of no-deal will not be averted by tonight’s vote.
Irish exporters are highly concerned by today’s UK Government announcement of the new draft tariff schedule on agricultural and food produce and proposals on north-south trade on the island of Ireland. The UK Government’s proposed different treatment east-west and north-south raises strong concerns regarding its compliance with WTO rules and the economic viability of trade in this sector on the island of Ireland.”
Read the MFN and tarriff quota rates of customs duty on import if the UK leaves the EU here
Irish Exporters must now prepare for all Brexit eventualities. Irish Exporters Association regrets the outcome of tonight's meaningful vote.
Dublin, 12th March 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) acknowledges and regrets the outcome of tonight’s second meaningful vote by the UK House of Commons on the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. With less than 18 days remaining until the UK is due to leave the European Union, there still is no clarity on the terms of the UK’s departure and its future trading relationship with the European Union. Irish businesses trading with or transiting goods through the UK, must now prepare for all eventualities.
Commenting on tonight’s House of Commons vote, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “With only 18 days until the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 11pm (IST), Irish businesses trading with or transiting goods through the United Kingdom remain as uncertain about the future trading relationship as when the Prime Minster resoundingly lost the prior meaningful vote on 15 January.
Unfortunately, rather than providing businesses on both sides of the Irish Sea with clarity, the fundamentally divided political landscape in the United Kingdom has only served to run down the clock and increase uncertainty in the business community.
The Irish business community has already undertaken large strides to prepare for all potential no-deal Brexit implications, including the full application of customs and VAT requirements, tariffs, phytosanitary and other regulatory requirements. With potentially only limited time left, businesses exporting and importing goods to and from Ireland and/or transiting through the UK must now prepare for all Brexit eventualities, including the very real possibility of a no-deal.”
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With 18 days until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, and without further changes to the Withdrawal Agreement woth the EU, Theresa May's Government has scheduled 3 crunch votes this week. Today, MPs are expected to once again vote on the the deal with the EU, before MPs will be given a vote on accepting or rejecting a no-deal. Should MPs reject a no-deal, they will be given a further vote on formally instructing Mrs. May to request an extension to Article 50 with the EU - the length of which, however, is still uncertain.
If you are currently using simplified customs procedures, and expect to use them when trading with the UK under a no-deal Brexit scenario, Revenue recommends that both you and your logistics service providers increase your comprehensive financial guarantees. In addition, under UCC requirements, any guarantees will also have to be with an EU-based financial institution and have to be evaluated before 1 May.
21 days to Brexit
With 21 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, uncertainties continue to persist around the UK's planned path. While Theresa May has muted the prospect of a short extension until 1 July, the decision and length will be at the mercy of the remaining EU member states - who have already stated their concerns and requests for concessions
With only weeks until the UK is due to leave the EU, the Irish Government have reiterated its call for businesses to put in place their no-deal contingency measures. The Data Protection Commissioner also provided guidance on the transfer of personal data from Ireland to the UK under a no-deal scenario.
The Irish Governement have released their No Deal Brexit Bill. Read the main points here
Merenda’s Message to Customers re Brexit
Merendas Message on PDF file
No Deal Contingency Plan
Please find the European Commission no-deal contingency notes here.
Please find the Irish Government's no-deal contingency measures here.
Brexit preparedness notes:
Please find the European Commission notes here
Please find the UK Government notes here
Please find the HPRA Brexit Guidance here