Brexit and Trade Compliance: Guidance for Industry
A decision has been taken by the European Council (Article 50) in agreement with the UK to grant an additional extension until 31 January 2020 to the two-year period provided for by Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union. This extension allows for an earlier exit by the UK (30 November 2019 or 31 December 2019) if ratification of the current Withdrawal Agreement is completed quickly. Under this (orderly) scenario, a transition period would apply until the end of December 2020 when the UK would formally become a Third Country.
Irrespective of the final shape of Brexit, the decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in some changes, both here in Ireland and for our EU partners. While ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement is still the Government's primary focus, given the ongoing political uncertainty in the UK, preparations are continuing for all scenarios.
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A legal framework is in place that allows the authorisation of EU and UK vessels to continue to fish in each other’s waters until 31 December 2019. The European Commission has put forward a proposal to extend this framework to 31 December 2020, if a Withdrawal Agreement is not in place. This proposal is currently being progressed through the EU legislative process with the aim of being in place by year end. This framework would come into play in the event of a “no deal”, on condition that EU vessels are granted reciprocal access to UK waters.
This does not provide a commitment of ongoing reciprocal access – it simply creates the necessary legal framework to allow for the possibility of such access.
In the event that reciprocal access is maintained in the event of a “no deal” Brexit, the UK has advised that fishing vessels greater than or equal to 12m in overall length will require an IMO (International Maritime Organisation) number in order to fish in UK waters. DAFM has written to owners of registered vessels ≥ 12m who do not have an IMO number to advise them of this requirement.
You can register on the IMO website at https://imonumbers.ihs.com/, complete the IMO registration application form online or download the IMO registration application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. IMO registration is free. When you have received your IMO number, you should email it without delay to the DAFM Licensing Authority at: LicensingAuthority@agriculture.gov.ie and mark the email as URGENT. If you do not have access to email, the Licensing Authority can be contacted by telephone at 023-8859500 (ask for Licensing Authority).
Guidance for the sea-fisheries and seafood production sectors
As part of a series of measures that the Government have been taking, both nationally and in conjunction with the EU, the SFPA have updated their Brexit Trade Compliance guidance to prepare the sea-fisheries and seafood production sectors for a No Deal Brexit scenario. The guidance provided below sets out the consequences for regulatory trade controls for both seafood safety and sea-fisheries conservation. The content is based on the organisation’s current understanding of the necessary requirements as of November 2019 and is solely based on existing EU legislation and the information published in the following EU and UK Preparedness Notices: