Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D., and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed T.D. launched the latest Brexit preparedness and support measures being taken by the Government and announced the details of the ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ public information campaign, including workshop events to be held over successive weeks throughout October in Cork, Galway, Monaghan and Dublin.

Brexit: The View of SMEs

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D. and the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., welcomed survey findings that show 44% of businesses that are strongly impacted by Brexit have a plan in place, and urged those without a plan to urgently put one in place. With a sample size of 546 SMEs, the survey is the third in a series on the impact of Brexit on small business owners, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

The survey is the third in a series on the impact of Brexit on SMEs, carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. This third survey was carried out in June 2018.

• Brexit – Views of Irish SMEs Survey Findings No. 3
• Brexit – Views of Irish SMEs Survey Findings No. 2
• Brexit – Views of Irish SMEs Survey Findings No. 1

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Latest Government Brexit Engagements

An Taoiseach travels to Brussels for series of meetings on Brexit
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, traveled to Brussels today, Thursday 4 October, for a series of meetings on Brexit including with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
His meeting with President Tusk comes ahead of the October European Council, where leaders will review progress in the Brexit negotiations and discuss next steps.
The Taoiseach will also meet with the Chief EU Negotiator, Michel Barnier, and with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, Guy Verhofstadt.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade meets with Polish Foreign Minister in Warsaw
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D. visited Warsaw, Poland, to meet with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Secretary of State for European Affairs, Konrad Szymanski.
Ireland and Poland both view finalising the Withdrawal Agreement as a priority and wish to see the strongest possible relationship between the EU and UK post-Brexit. This must be done in a way that fully respects the integrity of the Single Market and the four freedoms on which it is based.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz speaking to media after their meeting in Warsaw.

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, T.D. visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 2-3 October.
Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, T.D. visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week. Minister McEntee used the visit to reinforce key messages on Brexit, to engage with the Parliament on the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and to highlight Ireland’s outreach on Future of Europe issues.

An Taoiseach attends Informal EU summit in Salzburg

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar traveled to Salzburg to attend an Informal Summit of EU Heads of State and Government. He was accompanied by the Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee. The main focus of the meeting was the EU’s approach to inward migration, and the internal security of the Union. There was also a meeting in Article 50 format to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

The Taoiseach also held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister May on the margins of the overall meeting.

Tánaiste and MoS McEntee attend
General Affairs Council
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and the Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee T.D., attended the General Affairs Council and met with their counterparts on Brexit.

Ahead of the informal meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg, the General Affairs Council meeting in EU 27 format heard from the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, on the current state of play in the Brexit negotiations. The Tánaiste also met separately with Michel Barnier to discuss negotiations on the draft Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, including the backstop on avoiding a hard border

Tánaiste visits Finland, Estonia and Lithuania

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., visited Finland, Estonia and Lithuania to meet with the foreign ministers of each country to discuss Brexit, current priorities on the EU foreign policy agenda and the Future of Europe.

The Tánaiste also delivered a keynote address entitled ‘Brexit and Beyond: the post-Brexit EU from Ireland’s Perspective’ at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.
Government Agency Support

Government Brexit business supports are available to provide expert and detailed assistance for businesses and SMEs throughout the country.

Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, and InterTradeIreland have each established targeted services to provide practical advice, support and information on Brexit related issues, depending on the specific sector most relevant to you.

Enterprise Ireland: Prepare for Brexit Campaign continues

Enterprise Ireland’s focus in 2018 is to encourage and support actions that will address weaknesses in business and actions that will reposition strategies. For further information and support check out: www.prepareforbrexit.com

Their focus is on 3 particular areas:
• Financial and currency management
• Strategic sourcing practices
• Customs and logistics

Enterprise Ireland Regional Advisory Clinics continue across the country

Regional Brexit Advisory Clinics, in collaboration with LEOs and open to all, provide one to one access to experts on the three areas listed above. For further information, register your interest below.

Finally, in response to Brexit, Enterprise Ireland is also increasing its trade mission programme, targeting new markets and key sectors, and promoting Irish products/services internationally through its Irish Advantage digital campaign.

Have you checked out the different Government Brexit Business Supports that are available?
• Bord Bia Brexit Barometer
• Enterprise Ireland Prepare for Brexit Campaign
• InterTrade Ireland Brexit Advisory Service

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