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Tánaiste Simon Coveney - "Irish companies still need to be wide awake to Brexit"


Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, has today briefed Cabinet on the ongoing risk of a no deal Brexit and the cross-government work to protect Ireland from the worst of the damage.

Following the discussions, the Tánaiste called on companies who trade with the UK to ensure they have their Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

This number is essential for any Irish company importing or exporting to a non-EU country. Without it their goods will not be allowed to enter ports or airports.

The Tánaiste said, “There is no grey space here, if a company trades with the UK after Brexit it will need its EORI number from Revenue. We are doing everything we can to avoid a no deal Brexit but the impasse at Westminster means the possibility is still there for the UK to leave without a deal at the end of October.

The registration process is simple and can be done on

The Tánaiste said, “For some of these firms they have never had to register for an EORI number as the vast majority of their trade is with the UK. However, Brexit means the UK will not be an EU country and the government cannot go into individual businesses and complete this registration to keep them trading.”

“It’s free to do, Revenue have made the process simple and I would urge managers and business owners to get the registration out of the way as soon as possible,” added Simon Coveney.

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Press Office

21 May 2019

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