Brexit & You
Following the completion of the ratification process in the EU and the UK, the UK left the EU on Friday 31 January 2020.
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.
Although no longer a member of the EU, the Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period up to 31 December 2020. During this transition, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and the UK will remain part of the EU's Single Market and Customs Union. There will be no immediate changes for citizens and businesses in their day-to-day dealings.
At the end of the transition period, the UK will no longer apply all EU rules and regulations, and some things will change. The specific details of this change will depend on the outcome of future relationship negotiations between the EU and the UK which will take place throughout 2020.
No matter what the final shape of Brexit looks like, the decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in some changes, both here in Ireland and for our EU partners, which we will continue to prepare for.
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.
Extensive work is taking place across Government and its agencies to prepare for the end of the transition period. Some changes will be tackled EU-wide, with the strength and resources of the 27 remaining Members of the EU.
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.