Thursday, 7 February 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
26. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the key areas administered by his Department in circumstances in which emergency legislation may be necessary in the event of a no-deal Brexit or a hard Brexit; if such legislation has been prepared and is ready to be presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1094/19]
As the Deputy will be aware, the Government has published the general scheme of legislative measures required in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The draft Omnibus Bill focuses on measures protecting our citizens and supporting the economy, enterprise and jobs, particularly in key sectors of the economy.
The Bill complements the steps currently underway at an EU level to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal, notably the implementation of the European Commission’s Contingency Action Plan and the associated legislative measures.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, areas administered by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform will be covered by EU legislation. In particular, the Commission has brought forward a proposal for a Regulation that will enable the PEACE and INTERREG programmes to continue even in the event of no-deal.