Brexit Bulletin, 30 August 2019

Aug 30, 2019

This week, read about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend parliament as the 31 October Brexit deadline nears, and other recent Brexit developments.


UK parliament suspended as threat of hard Brexit intensifies

 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that UK parliament will be suspended for more than a month starting September and will resume with the unveiling of a new legislative agenda in a Queen’s Speech on October 14 – little more than two weeks before the scheduled Brexit day of October 31. This decision comes as the Prime Minister strengthens his attempts to deliver a no-deal Brexit, given his decision to leave the EU on that day, regardless of the outcome. In a letter written to UK Members of Parliament shortly after his announcement, the Prime Minister has outlined his plan and confirmed that the debate on the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019 would take place on 9 September.


Tanaiste embarks on European engagement tour

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney embarked on his European engagement tour earlier this week as an opportunity to further reiterate the solidarity of the EU27 on Brexit. As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stays firm on his stance to abolish the backstop, the Tanaiste has spoken out saying “nothing credible has come from the UK government in terms of alternatives to the backstop” and that the UK needs to negotiate a deal with the EU. Following this, talks between the UK and European Union have intensified, as UK Chief Brexit Negotiator David Frost meets with the EU Article 50 Taskforce this morning.


Latest Brexit updates

With the 31 October Brexit deadline fast approaching, the Irish Government has released the second round of contingency planning updates focused on consumer impacts of a no-deal Brexit. In a recent press release, Irish Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee has highlighted the consumer impact of Brexit by stating “immediate changes will include increased VAT, import tariffs and changes to consumer rights protection for products bought from the UK". Read more on the Irish Government’s Brexit resources.

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.