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Key Documents

To date the Government has released the following Brexit related documents:

The Brexit Contingency Action Plan Update was published on the 9th of July 2019, reflecting the extensive whole-of-Government and EU level work which had taken place, as well as the additional work to be undertaken ahead of the next deadline of 31 October.

The Action Plan emphasises the need for stepped up preparedness measures, by exposed businesses in particular. Key areas for continued work highlight preparing for Budget 2020, additional infrastructure for ports and airports, and a new phase of the Government’s Brexit communications including an intensified engagement programme by Revenue, focussed on individual businesses and including targeted letters and follow-up phone calls.

This document highlights Government's analysis of the impact of a no-deal Brexit under a number of key headings, and identifies a number of specific actions. It follows the publication of the initial Contingency Action Plan in December 2018, previously updated on 30 January 2019. See more here or read the full document below.

Brexit Readiness Action Plan

Publication of the Government Brexit Readiness Action Plan, 9 September 2020

The Government today published its Brexit Readiness Action Plan, building on its Brexit Contingency Action Plans of December 2018 and July 2019. 

The Brexit Readiness Action Plan supports and promotes the necessary preparations for the substantial and enduring changes that will arise at the end of the Brexit transition period in less than four months’ time, on 31 December 2020. 

Regardless of the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK, the end of the transition period will bring significant and lasting change.  The UK outside the Single Market and Customs Union has profound and immediate implications for every business who moves goods to, from or through Great Britain.  We know with certainty that there will be new customs formalities and new regulatory requirements from that date.

For each challenge arising, the Action Plan sets out the actions the Government will take, and the actions that business and individuals must take to address the changes and mitigate the risks that will arise.

The Government has put in place a range of supports and other resources to assist in preparing for the end of the transition period.  Businesses are encouraged to avail of these supports, and to get ready now if they have not already done so.  Acting now can help to mitigate the risks of disruption, delays and increased costs. 

It is important to note that from 1 January 2021, when the transition period ends, the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (‘the Protocol’) will apply.  The Protocol protects the Good Friday Agreement, North/South cooperation and the all island economy.  It avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland, while preserving the integrity of the EU Single Market and Ireland’s place in it.  It also includes commitments to ensure no diminution of rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity, as set out in the Good Friday Agreement, and confirms that people in Northern Ireland will continue to enjoy their rights as EU citizens.  The Common Travel Area will also continue to operate as it does today.

Read the Brexit Readiness Action Plan

The Government has also today published General Scheme of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 which is intended to address a wide range of complex issues that arise post transition.  The Bill will be considered by the Houses of the Oireachtas later this term.

Read the General Scheme of the 2020 Brexit Omnibus Bill 

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020

The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2020 (the “2020 Brexit Omnibus Act”) underpins the readiness measures required at the end of the Brexit transition period.

The overarching aim of the 2020 Brexit Omnibus Act is to protect citizens and consumers, facilitate the sound functioning of key sectors, and ensure our businesses are not disadvantaged.  It also supports aspects of the Common Travel Area and North/South cooperation. 

The 2020 Actconsists of 22 Parts under the remits of Ministers responsible for 11 Departments.  The 2020 Act draws on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019.  Many Parts of the 2019 Act could not be commenced once the Withdrawal Agreement was concluded and entered into force. 

A key difference with the 2020 legislation is that the 2019 Act provided contingency measures to address a no deal cliff-edge scenario – which in the end did not materialise.  The 2020 Act deals with the range of complex immediate and permanent changes that arise at the end of the transition period.

Legislative Information

The General Scheme of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 was approved by Government in August 2020 and published on 9 September.  Heads for two further Parts were subsequently approved by Government.  The 21 Parts of the Bill as initiated in the Dáil are set out in the table below.  Further information on the legislative process is available on the website of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Table: Parts of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 as initiated in the Dáil.




Preliminary and General (Minister for Foreign Affairs)


Healthcare Arrangements (Minister for Health)


Reimbursement of medical expenses (Minister for Health)


Amendments to Companies Act 2014 (Tánaiste and Minister for, Enterprise, trade and Employment) (New)


Amendment to Section 10(2) of the Employment Permits Act 2006 (Tánaiste and Minister for, Enterprise, trade and Employment) (New)


Arrangements in relation to Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications)


Amendment of Student Support Act 2011 (Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science)


Taxation (Minister for Finance)


Financial Services: Settlement Finality (Minister for Finance)


Financial Services: Amendment to the European Union (Insurance and Reinsurance) Regulations 2015 and the European Union (Insurance Distribution) Regulations 2018 (Minister for Finance)


Amendment of Customs Act 2015 (Minister for Finance) (New)


Amendment of Harbours Act 1996 (Minister for Transport)


Third Country Bus Services (Minister for Transport)


Amendment of Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (Minister for Social Protection)


Amendment of Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act 1984 (Minister for Social Protection)


Amendment of Extradition Act 1965 (Minister for Justice)


Amendment of the Immigration Act 2004 (Minister for Justice) (New)


Amendment of the International Protection Act 2015 (Minister for Justice) (New)


Amendment of Childcare Support Act 2018 (Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth)


Legislating for the recognition of UK divorces after expiry of the Brexit transition period (Minister for Justice)


Amendment of the European Communities Regulation SI 225 (Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage)


Ireland and the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: The Government’s Approach.

  • This position paper sets out the Government’s approach at the beginning of Phase One Brexit negotiations.
  • It explains the various factors and issues that at play during the negotiations, the three main issues initially identified for negotiation, and outlines Ireland’s position in detail.
  • It provides a comprehensive overview of the steps the Government and its agencies have taken to support business and the economy, and of the All-Island Civic Dialogue’s sectoral concerns. (Published 2 May 2017)

Brexit: Ireland’s Priorities

  • The document outlined the Irish Government’s main priorities and concerns ahead of the Brexit negotiations, and was produced in advance of the triggering of Article 50.
  • The booklet provides an overview of the challenges Ireland is facing as a result of Brexit, extending right across the policy spectrum.
  • Four headline challenges were identified and prioritised by the Government as major political issues, and this document provides greater detail as to why these four areas are top of Ireland’s Brexit agenda. (Published 15 March 2017)

Information Notes

European Commission Documents:

The Negotiation Documents on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom