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General Scheme of the 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 preparation of a scheme for the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 (‘The 2020 Brexit Omnibus Bill’). The overarching aim of this legislation is to address the wide range of complex issues that could arise for citizens and businesses post transition. It will seek to protect citizens and consumers, facilitate the sound functioning of key sectors, and ensure our businesses are not disadvantaged. The Bill is also intended to support aspects of the Common Travel Area and North/South cooperation.

The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 (‘The 2019 Brexit Omnibus Act’) was enacted on 17 March 2019 as part of The Government’s preparations for a possible no deal Brexit in 2019.  Many of the provisions of the 2019 Act were not commenced because the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK was ultimately concluded and entered into force.

The General Scheme of the 2020 Omnibus Bill approved by Government on 4 August can be viewed here. At its meeting of the 15 September the Government approved two additional Heads (see links to Heads 20 and 21 in the table below) .  

Work is underway across Departments on the detailed drafting of the Bill which will be brought before the Oireachtas in autumn 2020.

Table: Parts of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 (Titles of Ministers correct as of 9 September 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 Business, Enterprise and Innovation) (New)

5

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

6

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

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, Tourism and Sport)

13

Third Country Bus Services (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

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 and Equality)

17

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

18

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

19

Amendment of Childcare Support Act 2018 (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs)

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)