– Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020
In 7 weeks time Britain will be outside the European Union and without a Deal with the European Union there will be many adverse impacts for all the island of Ireland.
It is vital that all businesses, regardless of their size, small, medium or large, focus on their Brexit readiness as things will simply not be the same after the 31st December 2020. Being prepared is critical.
Below is a reply by the Foreign Affairs Minister to a recent Parliamentary Question I tabled in relation to Brexit –
For Written Answer on : 05/11/2020
Question Number(s): 140 Question Reference(s): 34506/20
Department: Foreign Affairs
Asked by: Brendan Smith T.D.
To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the outcome of the most recent discussions at EU level in relation to Brexit and the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Future relationship talks between the EU and the UK, have been ongoing in Brussels and London to try to close the gaps between the two sides, including on the key outstanding issues of the level playing field, governance and on fisheries.
Regardless of the outcome of the talks, the full, effective and timely implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol, remains vital. The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland is explicitly designed to operate regardless of whether an EU-UK Future Relationship Agreement is in place.
The only appropriate channel for considering issues around the implementation of the Protocol for Ireland and Northern Ireland is through the structures of the Withdrawal Agreement – the Joint Committee and Specialised Committees were established for that very purpose.
To this end, the Joint Committee met on 19 October, with another meeting scheduled for mid-November, and the Specialised Committee on the Implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is meeting today. Ireland participates in both Committees as a member of the EU delegation.