Brexit Bulletin, 21 January 2019

Jan 21, 2019

After surviving a no-confidence vote last week, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May is back in Parliament today to present an alternative deal to which she hopes is more palatable to MPs. The Brexit Plan B is rumoured to be not too dissimilar to Brexit Plan A. 

Confidence without supply

The Prime Minister held a first round of cross-party talks last week in an effort to find a compromise but there are reports this morning that she is hoping that the EU will re-write the backstop- something that many Member States including Ireland have said as unlikely. However there are reports that the EU may be considering extending the Brexit process.  Watch this space.

Mrs May is expected to make a statement in the House of Commons later today on her plan B which will then be voted on by the UK Parliament on 29 January 2019.

Bills, bills and more bills – The Irish government last week announced plans to publish its Brexit omnibus bill on 29 February which covers 17 areas that will need legislation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Border checks – During Leader’s questions, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that Ireland is implementing no deal plans and that means possible checks at ports and airports in Dublin and Rosslare. The Taoiseach said that checks are not being planned along the land border on the island of Ireland or at sea.   

Revenue regional Brexit seminars

Revenue will host the following seminars in January to help address the potential customs implications of Brexit and how these challenges can be addressed.  Book by clicking the links below.

If you have a specific topic you wish covered, you can email brexitqueries@revenue.ie outlining the details. 

More seminars will be added subject to demand and the Brexit dedicated page on the Revenue website will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

HMRC telling traders to get an EORI number

HMRC are reminding traders about actions they can take to prepare in the event of a no deal Brexit.  One recommendation is to apply for an EORI number to be able to continue to trade with the EU and HMRC say it only takes ten minutes. You can read the update using this link