Brexit presents unprecedented challenges for Ireland given our economic, political and historical relationship with the UK. Brexit is a British government policy and even though Ireland and the EU regret the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, we respect it and accept that it is a reality.
The UK is leaving the EU and some things are going to change. We know what some of that change looks like and the Government has been preparing for change since before the UK voted to leave, with a particular focus on the areas where the Government has direct responsibility and on measures that need to be taken on an East-West basis. Other changes will be tackled EU-wide, with the strength and resources of the 27 remaining Members of the EU.
Ireland is getting ready for all possible scenarios and extensive work is taking place across Government and its agencies.
Even though there is currently some uncertainty, it is important to understand that many things will stay the same after Brexit.
Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), Irish and British citizens move freely and reside in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements. Both the Government of Ireland and the UK Government have committed to maintaining the CTA in all circumstances. For more information, please visit our CTA page.
The Government has published a further range of practical advice to help businesses and citizens around the country to prepare for Brexit. This latest information is hosted on the Government’s main website at gov.ie/brexit.