Brexit and Trade Compliance in a no deal scenario
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 including a 'No Deal (disorderly) Brexit.
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Reciprocal access and fishing authorisations
As of 4 September 2019, the European Commission have adopted a proposal to extend until the end of 2020 the contingency Regulation EU 2019-498 on fishing authorisations, originally adopted in March 2019 until the end of 2019. This would maintain a simplified legal framework to allow the EU to continue to grant authorisations to UK vessels to enter EU waters and to manage authorisation requests by EU vessels entering UK waters, should the conditions on reciprocal access and sustainability be fulfilled. However, a UK response to this EU initiative has yet to be received.
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 October 2019 and is solely based on existing EU legislation and the information published in the following EU and UK Preparedness Notices: