Arthur Cox is continuing to closely monitor Brexit developments, and to advise our clients in Ireland, the UK and further afield on the potential legal implications for their businesses. We are also mindful of the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland and free movement of goods and people across the border. Together with our colleagues in our Belfast office, we have an all-island perspective on these issues.

For the time being, the manner in which the UK will leave the EU, and the shape of the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU, remains uncertain, in particular following the rejection by the House of Commons of the draft Withdrawal Agreement on 15 January 2019. The European Commission has put in place some temporary contingency measures in case agreement on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement is not reached before 29 March 2019, and the Irish Government has published the General Scheme of its Omnibus Bill dealing with measures required in the areas of insurance, settlement, healthcare, enterprise, energy, education, tax, transport, employment, social protection, extradition and immigration if there is a no-deal Brexit. The Bill is expected to be published towards the end of February. For more information on the General Scheme, read our briefing here.

We will issue updates and relevant briefings as further developments occur.

In the meantime, if you have any questions on Brexit, please get in touch with your usual Arthur Cox contact or any member of our Brexit team.

Our previous Brexit briefings provide further background on Brexit-related developments: