Brexit Bulletin, 8 April 2019

Apr 08, 2019

By the end of this week, Brexit will either be happening or be delayed. Michel Barnier is in Dublin today for Brexit talks and Revenue officials help truck drivers at Irish ports.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, will meet the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, and the Minister for Finance at Government Buildings in Dublin today.  The meeting takes place ahead of the EU summit which takes place in Brussels on Wednesday.  The EU 27 must decide on Wednesday whether to grant the UK an extension to Friday’s Brexit deadline.  The current deadline is due to expire at 11pm on Friday 12 April. 

The Taoiseach has been clear that he is willing to grant a second extension to the UK, as long as the UK Prime Minister Theresa May does not try to revisit the withdrawal agreement and instead puts forward a clear plan.  Talks continue in the UK between the Conservatives and the Labour MP’s in an attempt to reach a common ground.

Revenue officials give advice to truck drivers at Irish ports

Revenue officials were at Dublin and Rosslare Ports last week to provide truck drivers with customs information to help deal with possible congestion and delays for trucks coming in and out of Irish ports from or to the UK. This practice will continue over the coming weeks in an attempt to ensure that truck drivers are aware of the changes that Brexit will mean for their journeys.   Read Revenue’s statement on this engagement. 

No deal guidance

The Institute has created a dedicated hub on its Brexit webpage which collates guidance and information leaflets produced by the UK and Irish governments and the EU to help businesses and people prepare in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  The page will be updated as information is released by the authorities.  

You can also read the practical customs guide prepared by the Institute and ICAEW using this link.  

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