This section of the website provides information on the important steps that are being taken to prepare for Brexit, including the supports and information available to citizens, businesses and others with specific concerns about how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect them.
Although Brexit has long been one of the most talked-about subjects in Ireland, it hasn’t actually happened yet. However we are now in the final stages of the withdrawal negotiations and on 29 March 2019 the UK will formally leave the EU.
Ireland will be the EU Member State most affected by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and we need to recognise that this is happening – the UK is leaving the EU and some things are going to change.
We know what some of this change will look like and we are planning accordingly. We must also remember however that negotiations are still ongoing. This means that we don’t yet know exactly what change Brexit will bring in all areas.
The Government is fully aware of the complexity of Brexit - we are planning for the best but preparing for all scenarios.
Achieving the best possible outcome for Ireland in the Negotiations remains a central part of our strategic response to Brexit and is vital in our efforts to minimise the impact on our economy.
In parallel to the intensive negotiations in Brussels, detailed work has been well underway at home across Government and its agencies since before the UK even voted to leave the EU. This includes contingency planning for all possible scenarios, including the unlikely case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.