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Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

This section of the website provides information on the important steps that are being taken to prepare for Brexit, including the supports and information available to citizens, businesses and others with specific concerns about how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect them.

Although Brexit has long been one of the most talked-about subjects in Ireland, it hasn’t actually happened yet. The UK is due to leave the European Union on 31st October 2019. How and when they may leave is not yet certain.

Ireland will be the EU Member State most affected by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and we need to recognise that this is happening – the UK is leaving the EU and some things are going to change.

We know what some of this change will look like and we are planning accordingly. We must also remember however that negotiations are still ongoing. This means that we don’t yet know exactly what change Brexit will bring in all areas.

The Government is fully aware of the complexity of Brexit - we are planning for the best but preparing for all scenarios.

In parallel to the intensive negotiations in Brussels, detailed work has been well underway at home across Government and its agencies since before the UK even voted to leave the EU. This includes contingency planning for all possible scenarios, including the increasing likelihood of a no deal Brexit.