Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (798)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

798. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the implications for cross-Border workers and students in the event of a no-deal Brexit; the steps taken to mitigate against the impact of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30737/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

While I do not have responsibility for general employment or education matters, there are however a number of implications for cross-border travel by workers and students, such as motor insurance and the continuity of cross-border bus and rail services.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, proof of insurance will be required for EU-registered vehicles entering the UK and for UK-registered vehicles entering the EU.

In the case of Irish registered vehicles travelling to Northern Ireland or Great Britain, the UK has indicated that these will require either a Green Card or other documentary proof of insurance cover for UK, including Northern Ireland. In the other direction, UK registered vehicles travelling to Ireland will require a Green Card as proof of insurance. Engagement with the insurance industry and the European Commission is continuing to identify any further actions in advance of 31 October 2019. Approximately 1 million Green Cards were issued by the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland to insurance firms and brokers in preparation for a no-deal Brexit on 29 March 2019.

In relation to cross border bus services a number of contingency measures are at play for the continuity of cross-border bus services in the event of a no-deal Brexit both at EU and National level to ensure continuity for scheduled bus services to and from the UK to 31 December 2019 and preparations are in hand for UK participation in international bus agreements that will then enable continued cross-border services.

On cross border rail, Irish Rail and Northern Ireland Railways are working together to ensure the Enterprise service will continue to run in a no-deal Brexit.