Thursday, 7 February 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
40. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the work carried out to cost and estimate additional expenditure for the actions outlined in preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019, a contingency action plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1096/19]
Since the UK referendum on EU membership in 2016, all of our national Budgets have been framed to prepare for the challenge of Brexit, and Budget 2019 set out specific measures aimed at making Ireland Brexit ready.
Work across Government has identified key issues arising in each Brexit scenario, in particular based on the Withdrawal Agreement and in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
At its meeting on 11 December 2018 the Government agreed that, while work on Brexit preparedness based on the Withdrawal Agreement should continue, greater immediate priority should be given to preparations for a no-deal Brexit, in light of ongoing political uncertainties and the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019.
Following this, the Government published its Brexit Contingency Action Plan on 19 December 2018. This set out detailed sectorial analyses and approaches to mitigating the impacts of a disorderly Brexit. Since the publication of the Contingency Action Plan, the Government has continued to intensify its preparations for a no deal scenario across a range of sectors. This work is ongoing and an Update to the Contingency Action Plan was published on 30 January 2019.