Dail told Brexit legislation protects cross border health arrangements

Dail told Brexit legislation protects cross border health arrangements

Dail told Brexit legislation protects cross border health arrangements

A statement on the NDLS website explained the conundrum for motorists: "In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a United Kingdom licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence".

The Omnibus Bill, which will be fast-tracked through the Oireachtas, is created to support businesses and jobs affected by a no-deal and secure ongoing access to essential services and products across the Irish border.

The Irish Government has published a package of legislation that will be enacted to mitigate negative impacts of Brexit in a no-deal scenario.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "Our focus remains on the United Kingdom ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement, which was concluded following intensive negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU".

"We are doing all we can to avoid a no-deal scenario, but we need to be ready in case it does happen".

Simon Coveney, Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, has said that "significant amounts of money" will be put toward supporting the beef sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit. I hope we never have to commence this bill.

The party's Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, said talk from Ireland and the European Union about the risks of a hard border returning was created to manipulate people's fears.


The mechanism, which would be triggered in the absence of a wider trade deal after the Brexit implementation period, would see the United Kingdom remain in the customs union and Northern Ireland additionally tied to EU single market rules on goods.

"My only desire is to see this legislation sit on the shelf", he said.

"The backstop is fiercely supported by the people it is created to protect, our citizens in the Republic, and British and Irish citizens in Northern Ireland".

Speaking about the bill, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained: "Our focus remains on the United Kingdom ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement, which was concluded following intensive negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU".

"These citizens know what uncertainty feels like and its consequences, they have lived it and they are not going back there".

"Although there are now only 36 days until Brexit, our focus remains on that deal being ratified".

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