Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (123)

Neale Richmond


123. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures taken by his Department to prepare for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26726/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Ireland continues to support the closest possible future relationship between the EU and the UK. Nevertheless we recognise that, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations on the future relationship, the UK will leave the Single Market and the Customs Union on 1 January 2021. This will have significant implications for us.

As the Deputy will be aware, a whole of Government approach is being adopted to addressing the challenges posed by Brexit. My Department is playing a full part in responding to those challenges.

Within my Department, matters related to Brexit are coordinated by a dedicated Unit dealing with EU and Brexit issues, with an attaché based in Ireland's Permanent Representation in Brussels. The Unit leads on EU work across the Department and its agencies, and represents the Department on the various groups that coordinate the Government's response to Brexit.

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, and with attention now on the future relationship negotiations and the expiry of the transition period at the end of the year, my Department’s priorities for Brexit are: readiness for the conclusion of the transition period, including overseeing preparations at the ports and airports; implementation of aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol; addressing certain policy areas that will be impacted by the negotiations, e.g. public procurement, EU funding and the new post-Brexit PEACE PLUS programme; and the ongoing public expenditure implications of Brexit response measures.