Brexit and Trade Compliance in a no deal scenario
On 11 April 2019, the European Council (Article 50) decided, in agreement with the United Kingdom, to extend further the two-year period provided for by Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, until 31 October 2019. In July 2019, the Irish Government announced further steps in its ongoing Brexit contingency and preparedness work, recognising that there is now a significant risk of a no deal Brexit on 31 October. While the Government’s extensive preparedness and contingency efforts will help mitigate the negative effects of Brexit, a no deal Brexit will be highly disruptive. In such a scenario, it will be impossible for the UK to maintain the current seamless arrangements with the EU across the full range of sectors and this will have knock-on consequences for Ireland.
For the time between now and 31 October 2019, the Action Plan emphasises the need for stepped up preparedness measures, by exposed businesses in particular. Industry cannot assume that because a no deal Brexit was averted in March and April that the same will happen in October – the need for prudent preparations is more pressing than ever.
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 the Brexit Trade Compliance guidance leaflet to prepare the sea-fisheries and seafood production sectors for a no deal Brexit scenario. The leaflet sets out the consequences for regulatory trade controls in both seafood safety and sea-fisheries conservation. The content is based on the organisation’s current understanding of the necessary requirements as of August 2019. This guidance is solely based on existing EU legislation and the information published in the following EU and UK Preparedness Notices:
EU Fisheries and Aquaculture
EU Fisheries Q&A
EU Food Law
UK- Exports to EU
UK- Imports from EU