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Information about Brexit

The UK left the European Union on the 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020. In January 2021 a new relationship with the EU will begin.

There will be changes after the transition period ends, whether or not an agreement is reached on the new relationship between the UK and the EU.

You can find more information on the transition period and what actions you may need to take at https://www.gov.uk/transition 

Future relationships between countries

Find out more information about how the future relationship between countries will work here Withdrawal Agreement

Living and working in Northern Ireland after the Transition Period

You can find information about what might change for people living and working in Northern Ireland on the NI Direct website 

EU citizens, resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their family members (including non-EU citizens) need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

For more information visit  https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Moving goods under the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

For information on any changes to legislation, checks and imports and export arrangements go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-goods-under-the-northern-ireland-protocol

Changes for Agri-Food Goods

The Food Standards Agency 

If your business deals in food, or animal feed, it is your responsibility to make sure it is safe. The Food Standards Agency provides information on their site:  https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/the-uk-transition

Food Labelling changes

Leaving the EU will mean there will be changes to how we label food we produce or bring into Northern Ireland.  Updated guidance on food and drink labelling changes which includes labelling requirements with respect to the Northern Ireland market from 1st January 2021 can be found through this link

The updates to the guidance clarify the position from 1 January 2021 regarding;

  • Food Business Operator address - to be a Northern Ireland or EU business address or address of importer
  • ‘Origin indications’ for goods produced in Northern Ireland, where indication of a Member state is required, is to be labelled as ‘origin UK(NI)’
  • The application of ID marks on products of animal origin; (FSA Guidance)

Businesses will need time to adapt to these new labelling rules, including on FBO name and address requirements and the use of the UK(NI) as an indication of origin. Labelling queries can be emailed to your Environmental Health Officer on ehealth@nmandd.org.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is encouraging businesses to take part in the Department’s forthcoming online EU Exit events, where information and guidance will be provided to help businesses prepare for the end of the transition period.

The first online event will take place on 23 November from 2.00pm-4.15pm and will cover trading implications, certification requirements and imports and exports of animals, animal products and plants to GB, EU and Rest of the World post the transition period. Two further events are scheduled to take place on 08 and 15 December 2020 with details to follow.  To sign up to the events go to: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/eu-exit-webinar-events

Or for more information and guidance on preparing for the end of the transition period go to:  https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/landing-pages/eu-exit-landing-page

Brexit Support and Advice for Small Businesses (SME)

The UK Government, Invest NI and InterTrade Ireland offer advice and support for small businesses in order to prepare for Brexit:

UK Government

The UK Gov website provides advice and support as well as major announcements in order to make sure your business is prepared before Brexit. A number of government departments and agencies are providing help for businesses to prepare for Brexit, in the form of information, advice and vouchers. Find out more and sign up for updates here: https://www.gov.uk/transition

Trader Support Service 

The Government has established a free-to-use Trader Support Service to support businesses and traders of all sizes to navigate the changes to the way goods move once the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021. The Trader Support Service:

  • Will help if you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK
  • Is free to use and will guide you through any changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Can complete declarations on your behalf

To sign up for the Trader Support Service click https://www.tradersupportservice.co.uk/tss

Invest NI - Get Ready for Brexit

Invest Northern Ireland can provide Brexit help, advice and support for your business. Their one-stop resource of best practice guides, information advice and support available will help in preparing for Brexit.

Find out more here: https://www.investni.com/prepare-for-eu-exit

InterTrade Ireland

InterTradeIreland’s dedicated Brexit team can provide information on Brexit funding, details of upcoming events, a tailor-made on-line learning tool and direct you to wider support and advice.

Find out more here:  https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/

NI Direct

NI Direct have developed an online resource which covers the most up to date advice on a range of issues and how these relate to NI or to people living in NI. For more information and advice please click this link: www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/leaving-eu-brexit

Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade 

Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade host regular workshops and events on key Brexit related topics as well as providing excellent support and advice. More information can be found by visiting: https://newrychamber.com/lobbying/brexit/