In this section you will find regularly updated links and information to help you best prepare for BREXIT. The below resources are sorted alphabetically.
- A Brexit Guide written by ISME Roadshow speaker, Paul McMahon. BrexitLegal.ie is a comprehensive free website about Brexit for Irish business.
Areas covered include
- Business Sectors
- Goods – VAT & Excise
- Goods – Customs
- Goods – The Single Market
- EU Regulation
- Planning & Preparation
- Services & the Single Market
For more information contact Paul McMahon, T. +353 (0)1 8537323, E. [email protected]
Central Bank – Financial Service Firms
- The Central Bank of Ireland have been considering Brexit-related issues since before the UK’s referendum, and as part of this, they have been seeking to ensure that financial services firms are adequately prepared and resilient enough to cope with the possible effects of Brexit. Read their FAQ’s which gives general information to financial services firms considering relocating their operation from the UK to Ireland.
- The Central Bank has published a Financial Stability Note, outlining the landscape for London and other EU financial centres post Brexit.
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)
- You can read useful information and find out about supports and services here.
- The DBEI Brexit Preparedness Checklist identifies the essential actions that firms can take in advance of 31 October to ensure that they will still be able to trade with the UK after it leaves the EU. The checklist includes links to the relevant Agencies who can provide the necessary guidance and support to firms.
- The DBEI have a report which outline the strategic implications for Ireland arising from changing EU-UK trading relations. Ireland & the Impacts of Brexit report can be found here.
- Brexit: A National SME Study – In September and October 2019 DBEI carried out a survey of over 1,000 SMEs to garner insights on the current and anticipated future impact of Brexit on SME base in Ireland. The survey report was published in December 2019 and urges SMEs to ramp up preparations. Read the full report here or the abridged version of the report here.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Get an overview of key Government and EU official documents on the Brexit negotiations and Ireland’s Brexit preparedness measures and supports. This includes a calendar of Brexit-related events for businesses, find out more here.
Driving on the island of Ireland
- Do you (or one of your employees) hold a UK driving licence or drive between the North and South?
- Green Card: If there is a no deal Brexit you will need a Green Card if you plan on driving an Irish registered vehicle in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK. A Green Card will stop you being treated as ‘uninsured’ by the police when driving your vehicle in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK. Read more from MiBi here
- Driving Licence: In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised, and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence. The National Driver Licence Service has the links you need here
Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI)
- If you are a trader who imports or exports goods into or out of the European Union (EU), you will need a unique EORI number. This number is valid throughout the EU. It is used as a common reference number for interactions with the customs authorities in any Member State. A short eLearning tool for EORI is available to download from the European Commission website. You will find further information about how to register for EORI and you can access the EORI system in the Revenue’s online services section.
- You may have had your EORI number aligned to your existing Value Added Tax (VAT) number. This was generally done for economic operators that held a customs and excise registration when EORI was introduced in 2009. You can check if you were automatically registered for EORI by accessing the Economic Operator Identification and Registration system. You should insert your existing VAT number prefixed by “IE” under “Validate EORI numbers”.
- If you need further information, Revenue operates a helpline for queries on EORI.
Enterprise Ireland has a wide range of supports, including new Online Customs Training and the Act On Consultancy, to enable Irish businesses to take critical action and address their exposure to Brexit. Find out more about their supports here.
- Brexit Finance: How to manage financial risk through Brexit uncertainty. Barry Doyle and John Power, Directors of Strategic Growth Leaders (SGL) finance consultancy, outline the key considerations Irish SMEs should consider to respond to the challenge posed by Brexit. Read it here.
- Brexit Customs and Logistics: Click here to find supports to help businesses understand customs concepts and to make the customs process more efficient.
- Brexit Act On Initiative: The Brexit: Act On programme has been developed to focus on three main areas of capability (1) Financial and Currency Management (2) Strategic Sourcing and (3) Customs and Logistics. Delivered over the course of two half day sessions with an independent consultant, the initiative helps companies decide on specific actions over a short period to address some of the risks and opportunities from Brexit. Learn more here.
- Brexit Customs Insights course: The Customs Insights course helps businesses understand the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to move goods from, to and through the UK. The course will provide learners with a firm understanding of the customs implications for their business and the options from Revenue to make this process more efficient. Learn more here.
- Brexit Scorecard: Click here to find out how prepared you are?
EU Commission Q&A on the sale of UK Goods post-Brexit
- The EU Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs published a “Notice to stakeholders – withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of industrial products.” Read the notice in full here.
Health and Safety Authority
- Providing support service for Irish chemical companies and SMEs on meeting legislative duties and ensuring they can source chemicals and sell in the EU. In addition, the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) which is part of the HSA can offer advice on accreditation matters. Learn more here.
- A dedicated hub for all things BREXIT – here
- How would EU tariffs affect your business?How would EU tariffs affect your business? Go to
- Read A Simple Guide to Cross Border Business here.
- InterTrade have created free supply chain supports to help you identify where your key opportunities and risks are and what actions you can take now to protect supply chains. Read here
- Find out about their Brexit events here.
ISME Brexit focused Roadshows
- Offering advice to ISME Members was Derek Dunne, Customs Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group speaking on Customs and Tariffs and Paul McMahon, Principal, McMahon Legal speaking on the implications for business of hard or soft Brexit. You can watch the video back here
ISME’s Brexit Q&A
This webinar took place in January 2021 and hosted by Adam Weatherley, ISME Learning & Development Manager. The panelists included:
- Neil McDonnell, ISME CEO
- Derek Dunne, Customs Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group
- Paul McMahon, McMahon Legal & author ‘Brexit (An Irish Guide)’
- Ray Ryan, Assistant Principal in Customs Division, Revenue
Watch the Q&A below.
ISME Members who can help:
Local Enterprise Offices
- Brexit information and supports can be found here.
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
- The NSAI Brexit Unit is specifically focused on examining and communicating the impacts of Brexit on the standards and certification of products and services. Click here to view their Brexit fact sheets which provides information about the potential Brexit impacts for different sectors and view details on certification and standards.
- Additional resources can be found in their BREXIT HUB on Product Certification, Economic Operators and Standards. Find out more here
Office of the Revenue Commissioners
- In addition to the advice about changes in customs arrangements which is offered through Bord Bia, InterTrade Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices, information relating to Customs formalities is available here.
- The country of origin of goods is a factor in determining the amount of duty payable. Other factors include the type and value of the goods. Find out more about preferential and non-preferential origin here.
- Customer Brexit Information Seminar. 138 slides from Revenue, Department of Agriculture, food and Marine and The HSE. Available here.
Skillnet Ireland – Clear Customs Training
- The Irish Government, partnered with Skillnet Ireland and other industry have launched Clear Customs – Essential Customs Training to support Irish businesses trading with or through the UK in preparing for new customs formalities arising from Brexit. Clear Customs offers eligible customs agents, customs intermediaries and affected businesses a free training programme to build capacity in the customs sector. Find out more here.
- Read our blog on Clear Customs online training platform to prepare businesses for customs changes post-Brexit here