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

To underpin the readiness measures required at the end of the Brexit transition period, on 29 May 2020 the Government approved the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 (the “2020 Brexit Omnibus Bill”) on 20 October, ahead of its introduction into the Dáil on 27 October.  ).

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

The 2020 Bill, as introduced into the Dáil, consists of 21 Parts under the remits of Ministers responsible for 11 Departments.  The 2020 Bill 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 entering 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 Bill will deal with the range of complex immediate and permanent changes that arise at the end of the transition period.

As in 2019, the Minister for Foreign Affairs is the lead Minister for this complex piece of legislation and will be responsible for coordinating its overall progress. 

It is a priority of Government that the legislation is enacted and commenced ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.

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

Part

Outline

1

Preliminary and General (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade)

2

Healthcare Arrangements (Minister for Health)

3

Reimbursement of medical expenses (Minister for Health)

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

Taxation (Minister for Finance)

9

Financial Services: Settlement Finality (Minister for Finance)

10

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

11

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

12

Amendment of Harbours Act 1996 (Minister for Transport)

13

Third Country Bus Services (Minister for Transport)

14

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

15

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

16

Amendment of Extradition Act 1965 (Minister for Justice)

17

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

18

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

19

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

20

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

21

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