The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, yesterday convened the 13th meeting of the Brexit Stakeholders Consultative Committee.
Minister Creed acknowledged that stakeholders’ attention has recently been focused on minimising and mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, but took the opportunity to remind them:
"to be mindful of, and focussed on, the imminent changes arising at the end of the transition period as a result of Brexit."
The Minister added:
"The meeting provided an opportunity to communicate to stakeholders on the state of play in the EU-UK negotiations and the Implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Whatever the outcome of the ongoing EU-UK Future Partnership negotiations, trade will not be the same as it is today, and this will require considerable adjustment, particularly for businesses trading with Great Britain."
Department officials updated stakeholders in relation to the wide range of Brexit preparedness work that has been completed and on further ongoing work. Stakeholders were again encouraged to ask their members who trade with the UK to register with the department so that they will receive relevant information directly, and to register with Revenue to obtain an EORI number.
A further week-long round of negotiations between the UK and the EU will begin on 1 June, in advance of the EU-UK High Level Conference later that month, which will assess progress made at that point. The Minister and Government continue to believe that the EU negotiating mandate and draft legal text provided a generous and fair foundation on which a new EU-UK relationship can be built.
Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and from Revenue, gave detailed updates and presentations on the current state of play in the EU-UK negotiations, and in relation to Rules of Origin, respectively.
Concluding, the Minister stated:
"I encourage stakeholders to ensure that their members continue their preparations to ensure that they are fully prepared to trade with the UK post-transition."