Brexit - NI advice on leaving the EU

The UK left the European Union on the 31 January 2020. This page will be updated as new information becomes available about what might change for people living in NI.

Withdrawal Agreement

The UK and the EU reached a legally-binding agreement that will ensure an orderly withdrawal.

As well as agreeing a transition period until the end of December 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU. It covers citizens' rights, the financial settlement, and other separation issues.

The Withdrawal Agreement also includes a protocol on Northern Ireland/ Ireland. It outlines the relationship Northern Ireland will have with the EU at the end of transition period in order to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Some details have yet to be decided by a Joint Committee, made up of representatives from the EU and the UK.

During the transition period the UK and EU will negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

In January 2021 the transition period will end and a new relationship with the EU will begin.

It's still not clear what changes there will be, but updates will be made to this site as new information becomes available.

Staying in Northern Ireland if you’re an EU citizen

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that protects the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme is run by the UK government and applications are free. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

You can find out more at this link:

Agriculture and environment

The UK will continue to operate as if it were an EU member state and businesses can trade with the EU as they do now until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

You should, therefore, continue to follow existing advice and guidance which is available on the DAERA website

Business

The UK will continue to operate as if it were an EU member state and businesses can trade with the EU as they do now until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

From 1 January 2021, if you own a business the way you trade will change, and you need to be ready to comply with new arrangements. Some details are still to be negotiated, but you should start to think about what you might need to do to prepare your business for future changes.

Information and advice is available from the following:

UK government information

You can find more information on the transition period and reserved matters at this link to the UK government website:

 

 

 

 

 

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