22 February 2019

In this update: 
  • Government publishes no deal legislation
  • Tánaiste meets with Michel Barnier
  • Revenue report a significant increase in traders getting Brexit ready
  • Oireachtas Brexit briefings continue
Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Helen McEntee following the publication of the Brexit Omnibus Bill this morning

Government publishes no deal legislation

The Government this morning published the Brexit Omnibus Bill. This single comprehensive Omnibus Bill, which comprises of 15 parts and has involved the work of 9 Ministers, is the next step in Government contingency planning. 

The Bill is focused on helping prepare Ireland for some of the impact of a No Deal situation - protecting Irish citizens, supporting businesses and jobs, particularly in key economic sectors.  

You can read more about this here. 

Ratification update

The Tánaiste met with lead EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels this week, while attending the Foreign Affairs Council. See what the Tánaiste had to say on his way out of the Council meeting. 

This week the Tánaiste also met with Maltese Foreign Minister Abela Carmelo during his visit to Ireland. Minister Carmelo also visited the Border with Minister Ciarán Cannon.

Brexit was also discussed by Minister McEntee who met with her European counterparts in Brussels this week. The future of the EU was also on the agenda. 

In case you missed it, here's a quick video from last week's All-Island Civic Dialogue. 

Contingency planning update

While ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement is still the Government’s preferred outcome, this update is the next step in a series of measures that the Government is taking, both nationally and in conjunction with the EU, in preparation for the possibility that the UK fails to agree a deal for their departure from the EU on 29 March. 

This week, Cabinet Brexit discussions concentrated on the Omnibus legislation. 

For businesses
  • Revenue reported a significant increase in traders getting prepared, with a 330% increase in applications for EORI numbers to export and import in February.
  • Minister Humphreys warned businesses to get in touch with their suppliers to ensure continuity of supply post Brexit 
  • Minister Humphreys also held a Brexit review meeting of the Retail Committee Forum this week to hear the latest update on the sector
  • Check out the Government's Regional Enterprise Plan for the Mid-West which launched this week. Nine Regional Enterprise Plans are being launched in total to help support regional economies into the future. 

In the area of agriculture:
Engagement with the Oireachtas continues. In advance of the Omnibus Legislation being published today, seven Ministers appeared in front of their respective Oireachtas committees.
  • Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney (Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement)
  • Employment Affairs Minister Regina Doherty (Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection)
  • Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe (Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach)
  • Children & Youth Affairs Minister Katherine Zappone (Committee on Children and Youth Affairs)
  • Communications Minister Richard Bruton (Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment)
  • EU Affairs Minister Helen McEntee (Committee on EU Affairs)
  • Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne (Committee on Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht)

Government Brexit Events

This week Government Brexit events included an Enterprise Ireland Webinar, a Revenue Brexit Customs Information Seminar in Dublin Castle, and Bord Bia Customs Training in Tipperary

Upcoming events next week:
25 February: Two Revenue Customs Information Seminars, Portlaoise, Laois
26 February: Enterprise Ireland, Essentials of Exporting, Galway
26 February: Bord Bia, Regional Customs Training, Westmeath
26 February: Two Revenue Customs Information Seminars, Cork
28 February: Brexit and the Implications on Supply and Use of Chemicals, Machinery and Products in Irish Business, Cork
1 March: Brexit and the Implications on Supply and Use of Chemicals, Machinery and Products in Irish Business, Limerick

Check out the Irish Government's dedicated website for all Brexit information:  

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