Ireland and the UK both have a common law system, enjoy a Common Travel Area, which includes certain legal rights, and are currently both members of the EU and its supporting legal rules.
The Irish and UK Governments are working to ensure minimum disruption when the UK leaves the EU, and will continue to cooperate on a range of justice issues.
You can find more information on how Brexit might affect justice issues below.
Rights & privileges (for those in Common Travel Area including Northern Ireland)
Under the Common Travel Area, Irish citizens may enter the UK, reside and work there and enjoy associated rights and privileges without requiring any special permission or visas. Similarly, British citizens will be able to continue to enter this jurisdiction, reside and work here and enjoy associated rights and privileges without requiring any special permission or visas. Immigration requirements, as appropriate, will continue to apply to non-Irish and non-British citizens.
In the event of Britain leaving the EU without an agreement in March, one of the areas affected is family law, e.g. matters such as custody and access to children and foreign divorce recognition. If you are likely to be involved in a cross-border dispute involving Ireland and the UK, on or after 29 March, you may wish to seek legal advice as to how the withdrawal may impact your particular case. You can find more information below on certain issues.
The Government is exploring fallback mechanisms as are provided by existing international conventions. If you have a child support or family maintenance arrangement with someone who is living in the UK or is a British citizen, you should consult with your solicitor.
There are a number of international instruments that will cover parental responsibility in the event of a no deal Brexit. These include:
- Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980)
- Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (1996)
- European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children (1980).
It may be more difficult to have a UK divorce recognised in Ireland in the event of a no deal Brexit. However, this will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, and you may wish to seek legal advice to clarify what impact the UK leaving the EU may have.
The Government is exploring fallback mechanisms as are provided by existing international conventions. Affected individuals should consult with their solicitors.
There will be a workable extradition arrangement in place on the 29 March should the UK leave the EU without a deal. This will be through the Council of Europe Convention on Extradition.
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