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Brexit Preparations

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 20 May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Ceisteanna (137)

Seán Haughey


137. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the necessary infrastructure is in place at each port and airport in the event the UK does not seek an extension to the Brexit transition period and will from January 2021 trade under WTO rules; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6277/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

As a consequence of Brexit, physical infrastructure will be required for customs, SPS and health checks and controls at Dublin Port, Rosslare Europort and Dublin Airport. 

The Office of Public Works on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine; the Department of Health; and the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has been developing infrastructure in these ports and airports for the past 18 months.

In the lead up to the end of the January 2020 Brexit deadline, arrangements were finalised to ensure that sufficient infrastructure was in place in Dublin Port, Rosslare Europort and Dublin Airport to provide an emergency response to a no-deal Brexit.  Since then work has continued to develop further this infrastructure to ensure that facilities will be in place regardless of the manner of the UK withdrawal.