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Brexit and Business

Published: 20 February 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. 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.

After the transition period ends, there will be changes, including to how we trade with Britain. However, the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland will be in place. Northern Ireland will remain aligned to a limited set of EU rules, notably those rules related to goods. This will avoid any customs or regulatory checks or controls on the island of Ireland.

When the transition period ends, Brexit is likely to affect how you do business. Whether you are a local business or a major multinational, there are a number of steps that you can take now for your business to ensure that you’re Getting Brexit Ready:

  • Review your supply chain;
  • Understand the new rules for importing and exporting to Britain;
  • Review all your regulation, licencing and certification requirements;
  • Review your contracts and data management;
  • Manage your cash flow, currency and banking;
  • Take advantage of Government Brexit programmes and supports.

We are working to keep this website up-to-date. Check back regularly, as information is updated as it becomes available.

Administration and Banking

Supply Chain

Certification, Regulation and Licensing

Data Protection

Trading with the UK

Transport and Logistics


Research and Analysis

Government Brexit Programmes, Funds and Supports

Agri-food and Fisheries - Sector specific information

Medicines and Medical Products - Sector specific information

Retail - Sector specific information

Tourism - Sector specific information

Construction - Sector specific information

Update, 4 September 2019: Getting Your Business Brexit Ready - Practical Steps. This guide sets out nine practical steps that all businesses - large and small - should take now to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Getting Your Business Brexit Ready - Practical Steps


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