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The decision of the UK people to leave the European Union is one of the most significant events to occur in the history of the EU. Because of our geographic, social and economic ties with the UK, Ireland will experience the greatest impact of this decision among EU countries. The land border makes the situation particularly onerous. Ireland currently operates a trade surplus with the UK and customs checks and controls are increasingly likely.

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This week, read about latest Brexit developments as the EU propose a twelve day deadline for the UK to deliver on Brexit, meanwhile the Irish Government continues their engagement with their UK counterparts. Also read up on the extensive list of Brexit preparedness resources. EU discuss twelve day deadline for the UK to deliver on Brexit The EU has given the UK a new twelve day deadline to deliver on Brexit, as announced by the Finnish Prime Minister, Antti Rinne, current holder of the EU’s presidency. It is intended that the new deadline will be conveyed to the UK by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. With the UK Brexit Minister, Stephen Barclay set to meet chief EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier today, he has asked the EU for flexibility. His comments were reported as “a rigid approach now at this point is no way to progress a deal and the responsibility sits with both sides to find a solution”. While the UK parliament is still suspended, Supreme Court judges will rule early next week on whether the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend parliament was lawful.   Irish Government continues engagement with UK political leaders Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with DUP leader Arlene Foster in Dublin earlier this week to continue bilateral discussions on Brexit and restoring power-sharing at Stormont. Following her meeting with the Taoiseach, the DUP leader has expressed her commitment towards securing a suitable Brexit deal. Additionally, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe met with the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid in Dublin yesterday. Both sides reiterated the importance of maintaining positive relationships going forward. It has been reported that the Taoiseach will also be  engaging with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly next week.   New Dáil term legislative agenda published Ahead of ongoing Brexit preparations, the Irish Government Chief Whip Séan Kyne has published the Autumn 2019 legislative agenda for the new Dáil term. The agenda comprises of the Priority List, which ranges from the upcoming Budget, climate action, housing and planning, to healthcare, road safety, citizenship and family supports such as parental leave. Despite the significant challenge of Brexit, the agenda is aimed at demonstrating the Government’s commitment towards supporting citizens and communities across Ireland.   HMRC issues no-deal correspondence for businesses trading with EU HMRC has issued letters to UK VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world explaining how to prepare for changes to customs, excise and VAT if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The letters outline actions to take to prepare for changes to customs and VAT procedures if there is no deal, and on how businesses can prepare for Brexit going forward.   Brexit preparedness resources Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 – CPD course Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, has launched a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit.  Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required. Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course. Clear Customs – Essential customs training The Irish government have launched the Clear Customs initiative to help businesses and intermediaries develop the capacity to complete customs administration post-Brexit. As a part of the initiative led by Skillnet, businesses have been offered two main supports: An essential customs training programme delivered nationwide over six weeks providing skills necessary to make customs declarations Customs Financial Support payment to assist with the costs of hiring or assigning new staff to customs roles. The payment can be up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme – up to a maximum of 10 employees. Expressions of interest for the customs training programme and Customs Financial Support payment must be made via the Skillnet Ireland website before 20 September 2019. Readers should note to meet the following eligibility criteria that businesses will need: an EORI number from Revenue. Read our guidance on how to apply for an EORI number; a CRO number; to be registered with the Company Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application; to provide freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or; Are providing customs intermediary services; and are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. HMRC – Customs funding The UK government have announced additional funding to support businesses with the costs of making customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support: training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future funding for IT improvement, which is available to small and medium sized employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary Applications can be made online, with the grant being offered within 30 days of applying.    Customs workshops Local Enterprise Offices are running customs workshops throughout the country from August to October to provide businesses with a better understanding of the potential impacts and customs procedures to be adopted when trading with a country outside of the EU.  These courses are open to all businesses. You can read the course outline here. To see locations, dates and how to book, go to this link.   Irish Government Brexit Supports The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have released several Brexit preparedness supports, including the Brexit preparedness checklist, the Brexit Loan Scheme and the Getting Business Brexit Ready guide. For the full range of supports for businesses, visit the Department’s website.   Read all our updates in our Brexit web centre and our page dedicated to no-deal Brexit planning.    

Sep 20, 2019
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This week read about the latest Brexit developments as the UK parliament is suspended for five weeks. Also, in other Brexit news, read about the leaked UK no-deal planning document.    UK Parliament suspended and law preventing no-deal Brexit is passed Earlier last week, the UK House of Commons has successfully passed emergency laws preventing the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. Also, the UK Parliament is now suspended for five weeks and will reconvene with a queen’s speech on 14 October. Meanwhile, to continue bilateral discussions on Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Dublin last week. While discussions are at an early stage, they have both voiced their shared commitment to securing a suitable Brexit deal between the UK and the EU. They also discussed the restoration of power-sharing in Northern Ireland institutions in a joint statement following the meeting. Ahead of Mr. Johnson’s meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker later today, the EU has confirmed that they are willing to revisit a deal with the possibility of a Northern Ireland-only backstop.   Operation Yellowhammer: Document outlines worst case no-deal Brexit scenarios   The previously leaked UK no-deal Brexit planning document, Operation Yellowhammer, was made public last week.  The report is available to read online, and outlines ten possible no-deal Brexit scenarios. The scenarios range from, warnings of potential unrest in Northern Ireland, road blockades, job losses and disruption to the agri-food sector, to reduced flow of cross-Channel goods and the potential for disruption to electricity supply.     Budget 2020 based on no-deal Brexit assumption, says Minister Donohoe   As preparing for a no-deal Brexit in Ireland was made a top priority by Cabinet last week, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has reassured the public that Cabinet has agreed to base the upcoming Budget 2020 on a no-deal Brexit assumption. Read more on Budget 2020 Strategy in our Tax eNews story.      Taoiseach marks May 2020 as potential date for next general election   Speaking at a Fine Gael party meeting in Cork last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated May 2020 as his preferred date for the next Irish general election. Mr Varadkar said that date should be suitable as either a Brexit deal would be in place by then, or the Government would have "guided the country through the worst" of a no-deal Brexit.     Phil Hogan appointed as EU’s next Trade Commissioner   Phil Hogan has been confirmed as the EU’s next Trade Commissioner. He will also be taking the lead as chief trade negotiator on the EU’s post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, as well as Mercosur and the EU’s trading relations with India, the US and China.   Brexit preparedness resources   AEO - Transition to the online system From 1 October 2019, applications for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status will have to be made electronically through the EU Trader Portal. Until 30 September 2019, AEO applications can be submitted to the competent customs authority in paper format. The purpose of the EU Trader Portal for eAEO is to facilitate and speed up the exchange of information related to AEO applications, decisions, authorisations and their management processes. It will be deployed in two phases: Phase 1 for the submission of the AEO application and the decision-taking process, from 1 October 2019. Phase 2 for the other subsequent processes, from 15 December 2019. Read more on this development   Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 – CPD course   Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, has launched a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.   This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit.    Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required.   Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course.     Clear Customs – Essential customs training   The Irish government have launched the Clear Customs initiative to help businesses and intermediaries develop the capacity to complete customs administration post-Brexit.   As a part of the initiative led by Skillnet, businesses have been offered two main supports: An essential customs training programme delivered nationwide over six weeks providing skills necessary to make customs declarations Customs Financial Support payment to assist with the costs of hiring or assigning new staff to customs roles. The payment can be up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme – up to a maximum of 10 employees.   Expressions of interest for the customs training programme and Customs Financial Support payment must be made via the Skillnet Ireland website before 20 September 2019. Readers should note to meet the following eligibility criteria that businesses will need: an EORI number from Revenue. Read our guidance on how to apply for an EORI number; a CRO number; to be registered with the Company Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application; to provide freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or; Are providing customs intermediary services; and are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. HMRC – Customs funding   The UK government have announced additional funding to support businesses with the costs of making customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support: training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future funding for IT improvement, which is available to small and medium sized employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary   Applications can be made online, with the grant being offered within 30 days of applying.      Customs workshops   Local Enterprise Offices are running customs workshops throughout the country from August to October to provide businesses with a better understanding of the potential impacts and customs procedures to be adopted when trading with a country outside of the EU.  These courses are open to all businesses. You can read the course outline here. To see locations, dates and how to book, go to this link.   Irish Government Brexit Supports The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have released several Brexit preparedness supports, including the Brexit preparedness checklist, the Brexit Loan Scheme and the Getting Business Brexit Ready guide. For the full range of supports for businesses, visit the Department’s website.   Read all our updates in our Brexit web centre and our page dedicated to no-deal Brexit planning.  

Sep 16, 2019
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This week, read about the latest Brexit developments as the UK parliament is suspended for five weeks. Also on the Brexit front, read about the leaked UK no-deal planning document, and the Irish Cabinet’s decision to prepare Budget 2020 on the assumption of a no-deal Brexit.   UK Parliament suspended and law preventing no-deal Brexit is passed Earlier this week, the UK House of Commons has successfully passed emergency laws preventing the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. Also, the UK Parliament is now suspended for five weeks and will reconvene with a queen’s speech on 14 October. Meanwhile, to continue bilateral discussions on Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Dublin earlier this week. While discussions are at an early stage, they have both voiced their shared commitment to securing a suitable Brexit deal between the UK and the EU. They also discussed the restoration of power-sharing in Northern Ireland institutions in a joint statement following the meeting. Additionally, the EU has subsequently confirmed that they are willing to revisit a deal with the possibility of a Northern Ireland-only backstop. Operation Yellowhammer: Document outlines worst case no-deal Brexit scenarios The previously leaked UK no-deal Brexit planning document, Operation Yellowhammer, was made public yesterday.  The report is available to read online, and outlines ten possible no-deal Brexit scenarios. The scenarios range from, warnings of potential unrest in Northern Ireland, road blockades, job losses and disruption to the agri-food sector, to reduced flow of cross-Channel goods and the potential for disruption to electricity supply. Budget 2020 based on no-deal Brexit assumption, says Minister Donohoe As preparing for a no-deal Brexit in Ireland was made a top priority by Cabinet last week, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has reassured the public that Cabinet has agreed to base the upcoming Budget 2020 on a no-deal Brexit assumption. Taoiseach marks May 2020 as potential date for next general election Speaking at a Fine Gael party meeting in Cork yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated May 2020 as his preferred date for the next Irish general election. Mr Varadkar said that date should be suitable as either a Brexit deal would be in place by then, or the Government would have "guided the country through the worst" of a no-deal Brexit. Phil Hogan appointed as EU’s next Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has been confirmed as the EU’s next Trade Commissioner. He will also be taking the lead as chief trade negotiator on the EU’s post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, as well as Mercosur and the EU’s trading relations with India, the US and China. Brexit preparedness resources Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 – CPD course Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, has launched a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit.  Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required. Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course.   Clear Customs – Essential customs training The Irish government have launched the Clear Customs initiative to help businesses and intermediaries develop the capacity to complete customs administration post-Brexit. As a part of the initiative led by Skillnet, businesses have been offered two main supports: An essential customs training programme delivered nationwide over six weeks providing skills necessary to make customs declarations Customs Financial Support payment to assist with the costs of hiring or assigning new staff to customs roles. The payment can be up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme – up to a maximum of 10 employees. Expressions of interest for the customs training programme and Customs Financial Support payment must be made via the Skillnet Ireland website before 20 September 2019. Readers should note to meet the following eligibility criteria that businesses will need: an EORI number from Revenue. Read our guidance on how to apply for an EORI number; a CRO number; to be registered with the Company Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application; to provide freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or; Are providing customs intermediary services; and are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. HMRC – Customs funding The UK government have announced additional funding to support businesses with the costs of making customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support: training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future funding for IT improvement, which is available to small and medium sized employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary Applications can be made online, with the grant being offered within 30 days of applying.    Customs workshops Local Enterprise Offices are running customs workshops throughout the country from August to October to provide businesses with a better understanding of the potential impacts and customs procedures to be adopted when trading with a country outside of the EU.  These courses are open to all businesses. You can read the course outline here. To see locations, dates and how to book, go to this link. Irish Government Brexit Supports The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have released several Brexit preparedness supports, including the Brexit preparedness checklist, the Brexit Loan Scheme and the Getting Business Brexit Ready guide. For the full range of supports for businesses, visit the Department’s website. Read all our updates in our Brexit web centre and our page dedicated to no-deal Brexit planning.

Sep 13, 2019
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The courses will be run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry starting on 30 September Chartered Accountants Ireland, in association with the Irish Exporters Association, today (11 September) launches a brand new continuous professional development (CPD) course - Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2. Starting on 30 September 2019, the course is designed to support the increasing demand for customs expertise in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. This is the latest initiative by Chartered Accountants Ireland to help businesses prepare for dealing with customs compliance and skill up in this area in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Businesses should be using the time between now and 31 October to improve their knowledge of customs procedures, and close any gaps in their knowledge that could prevent them from trading outside their domestic market. This course provides participants with insights into how to manage their dealings with EU/International customs efficiently and explores areas such as goods classification, origin, valuation and transit. Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 will run in the morning and evening respectively, and participants can book either the morning, or afternoon session, or both. Courses are being run in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Newry. Director, Members at Chartered Accountants Ireland, Mr. Brendan O’Hora commented “We are delighted to launch this course in response to calls from our members to address the increasing need for customs expertise as a further support to businesses of all sizes in preparing for Brexit. We would encourage our members and business professionals dealing with customs compliance to book onto one of these sessions to get the essential information that they will need to know before the UK leaves the EU”. This course is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, who have limited knowledge of customs. Attendees can be working in practice, finance, procurement, supply chain, operations or freight forwarding. No previous experience or knowledge of customs is required. Interested parties can visit the CPD programmes page of our website to learn more and register for the course. Notes to editors Brexit Customs Level 1 and 2 is scheduled to be delivered as follows. For venues and further details please use the links below  Location Day and date Brexit Customs Level 1  More information Brexit Customs Level 2   More information Belfast Monday, 30 September 09:30 – 13:00   Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >> Derry Tuesday, 1 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Newry Wednesday, 2 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30  Link to booking >> Dublin Thursday, 3 October 09:30 – 13:00  Link to booking >> 14:00 – 17:30   Link to booking >>     About Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888.  The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 27,000 members around the world.  The Chartered Accountants Ireland Brexit Action Group coordinates extensive lobbying and public information activities to help its members North and South of the border prepare for the departure of the UK from the EU. References: Akriti Gupta, akriti.gupta@charteredaccountants.ie or Phone: 01-523-3970

Sep 11, 2019
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  This week, read about the latest Brexit developments in the UK as the House of Commons passes a law to block no-deal Brexit, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meet in Dublin this morning. Also, read about the measures taken by the European Commission, Ireland and the UK in an effort to ramp up no-deal preparations. Opposition takes back control as UK House of Commons passes no-deal law Following the UK Parliament’s eventful return to session earlier last week, the House of Commons has successfully pushed through a historic vote, which has effectively taken a no-deal Brexit off the table. The opposition and backbench Members of Parliament have seized control of the Commons to pass emergency laws preventing the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. The legislation has now passed on to the House of Lords. It will then return to the House of Commons, and following royal assent, will immediately place a legal duty on the Prime Minister to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020, if a Brexit deal has not been agreed by 31 October. Additionally, UK MPs are set to vote on a snap election for the second time later today, after the first plan was rejected by an overwhelming two-thirds majority last week. On the Irish side, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Dublin this morning to continue discussions on Brexit and Nothern Ireland. The Taoiseach has stressed that the backstop is a critical component of the Withdrawal Agreement, and that avoiding a return to a hard border is the priority of the Irish Government   “Use disaster funds to mitigate Brexit impact”, proposes European Commission  The European Commission have released their latest Brexit preparedness communication –stressing upon its call to all EU27 countries to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit. They have also issued a detailed “Brexit Preparedness Checklist” as guidance for companies trading in the EU. They have also proposed using the EU Solidarity Fund, emergency funds normally reserved for natural disasters, in order to help countries most adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit.   Speaking on the impact on Northern Ireland, the Commission has said that; even in the event of no-deal a special funding stream to support the Northern Ireland peace process known as the PEACE II fund will also be provided.    Planning for no-deal Brexit top priority, says Irish Government As preparations to mitigate the increasing risks of a no-deal Brexit in Ireland have been made a top priority by Cabinet earlier this week, the Irish Government has released a user-friendly digital guide further expanding on the nine practical steps businesses of all sizes must take now to prepare for Brexit. Read the full guide here.   HMRC announces additional £16 million funding to boost customs expertise The UK government have announced additional funding to support businesses with the costs of making customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support: training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future funding for IT improvement, which is available to small and medium sized employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary   Applications can be made online, with the grant being offered within 30 days of applying.    Brexit preparedness resources Clear Customs – Essential customs training The Irish government have launched the Clear Customs initiative to help businesses and intermediaries develop the capacity to complete customs administration post-Brexit. As a part of the initiative led by Skillnet, businesses have been offered two main supports: An essential customs training programme delivered nationwide over six weeks providing skills necessary to make customs declarations Customs Financial Support payment to assist with the costs of hiring or assigning new staff to customs roles. The payment can be up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme – up to a maximum of 10 employees. Expressions of interest for the customs training programme and Customs Financial Support payment must be made via the Skillnet Ireland website before 20 September 2019. Readers should note to meet the following eligibility criteria that businesses will need: an EORI number from Revenue. Read our guidance on how to apply for an EORI number; a CRO number; to be registered with the Company Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application; to provide freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or; Are providing customs intermediary services; and are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. Customs workshops  Local Enterprise Offices are running customs workshops throughout the country from August to October to provide businesses with a better understanding of the potential impacts and customs procedures to be adopted when trading with a country outside of the EU.  These courses are open to all businesses. You can read the course outline here. To see locations, dates and how to book, go to this link. Irish Government Brexit Supports The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have released several Brexit preparedness supports, including the Brexit preparedness checklist, the Brexit Loan Scheme and the Getting Business Brexit Ready guide. For the full range of supports for businesses, visit the Department’s website. Read all our updates in our Brexit web centre and our page dedicated to no-deal Brexit planning.

Sep 09, 2019
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This week, read about the latest Brexit developments in the UK as the House of Commons passes a law to block a no-deal Brexit. Also on the Brexit front, read about the measures taken by the European Commission, Ireland and the UK in an effoort to ramp up no-deal preparations. Opposition takes back control as UK House of Commons passes no-deal law Following the UK Parliament’s eventful return to session on Tuesday, the House of Commons has successfully pushed through a historic vote, which has effectively taken a no-deal Brexit off the table. The opposition and backbench Members of Parliament have seized control of the Commons to pass emergency laws preventing the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. The legislation has now passed on to the House of Lords. It will then return to the House of Commons, and following royal assent, will immediately place a legal duty on the Prime Minister to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020, if a Brexit deal has not been agreed by 31 October. Additionally, the Prime Minister’s plans for a snap general election in October have also been rejected by an overwhelming two-thirds majority in the House of Commons, On the Irish side, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is still set to meet The UK Prime Minister in Dublin next week (Monday 9 September) to continue discussions on Brexit and Nothern Ireland. “Use disaster funds to mitigate Brexit impact”, proposes European Commission The European Commission have released their latest Brexit preparedness communication –stressing upon its call to all EU27 countries to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit. They have also issued a detailed “Brexit Preparedness Checklist” as guidance for companies trading in the EU. They have also proposed using the EU Solidarity Fund, emergency funds normally reserved for natural disasters, in order to help countries most adversely affected by a no-deal Brexit. Speaking on the impact on Northern Ireland, the Commission has said that; even in the event of no-deal a special funding stream to support the Northern Ireland peace process known as the PEACE II fund will also be provided.  Planning for no-deal Brexit top priority, says Irish Government As preparations to mitigate the increasing risks of a no-deal Brexit in Ireland have been made a top priority by Cabinet earlier this week, the Irish Government has released a user-friendly digital guide further expanding on the nine practical steps businesses of all sizes must take now to prepare for Brexit. Read the full guide here. HMRC announces additional £16 million funding to boost customs expertise The UK government have announced additional funding to support businesses with the costs of making customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support: training costs for businesses who complete customs declarations, or who intend to in the future funding for IT improvement, which is available to small and medium sized employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary Applications can be made online, with the grant being offered within 30 days of applying.  Brexit preparedness resources Clear Customs – Essential customs training The Irish government have launched the Clear Customs initiative to help businesses and intermediaries develop the capacity to complete customs administration post-Brexit. As a part of the initiative led by Skillnet, businesses have been offered two main supports: An essential customs training programme delivered nationwide over six weeks providing skills necessary to make customs declarations Customs Financial Support payment to assist with the costs of hiring or assigning new staff to customs roles. The payment can be up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme – up to a maximum of 10 employees. Expressions of interest for the customs training programme and Customs Financial Support payment must be made via the Skillnet Ireland website before 20 September 2019. Readers should note to meet the following eligibility criteria that businesses will need: an EORI number from Revenue. Read our guidance on how to apply for an EORI number; a CRO number; to be registered with the Company Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application; to provide freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or; Are providing customs intermediary services; and are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity. Customs workshops Local Enterprise Offices are running customs workshops throughout the country from August to October to provide businesses with a better understanding of the potential impacts and customs procedures to be adopted when trading with a country outside of the EU.  These courses are open to all businesses. You can read the course outline here. To see locations, dates and how to book, go to this link. Irish Government Brexit Supports The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have released several Brexit preparedness supports, including the Brexit preparedness checklist, the Brexit Loan Scheme and the Getting Business Brexit Ready guide. For the full range of supports for businesses, visit the Department’s website. Read all our updates in our Brexit web centre and our page dedicated to no-deal Brexit planning.  

Sep 06, 2019