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Marine Notice No. 05 of 2020 - Brexit Preparedness

Marine Notice No. 05 of 2020 - Brexit Preparedness


Marine Notice No. 05 of 2020

Brexit Preparedness

With the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU), at 11pm on the 31st January 2020.   While the UK will no longer participate in any of the European institutions, the UK will continue to follow EU rules and in return it will be treated as a member state until the end of what is known as the transition period. During this transition period, the EU and the UK will engage in negotiations to determine their future relationship. The status quo will continue for the duration of the transition period, which, unless extended, is due to end on the 31st December 2020.     There are no implications for the regulation of the maritime transport sector during the transition period and national and EU legislation will continue to apply to the UK in the same way as it does currently. Part 15 of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 commenced at 11pm on 31st January 2020. In summary, this provides that references in Irish legislation to a member state of the EU will continue to include a reference to the UK for the duration of the transition period.