6 February 2020
Rules and regulations on service provision from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, UK businesses will need to comply with both UK and Irish rules. You’ll need to follow rules for:
- cross-border trade
- establishing and structuring your
- business business travel and visa requirements
- recognition of UK professional qualifications
- data protection
The authoritative and up-to-date source for Irish market regulations is the Irish government. This guidance links to official Irish sources wherever possible.
The UK and Irish governments are committed to maintaining the CTA and protecting the associated reciprocal rights. As such, the arrangements described below are without prejudice to the rights available to individuals under the CTA.
Irish government preparations
The government of Ireland has published details of its preparation work with information on the CTA. Irish and British citizens may wish to review this document.
The EU and UK will trade on WTO terms from 1 January 2021. The default position in this case is that UK service providers will be required to comply with GATS rules on services provision.
The Irish e-Government portal can help you to:
- find out about providing services in Ireland
- understand local regulations
- complete any relevant administrative procedures online
There are also non-governmental organisations that provide advice to UK businesses operating in Ireland, for example, the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce.
These organisations are not associated with the UK government, and their views are not representative of any government policies.
UK service providers and businesses exporting their services should be aware that they will also need to comply with local rules in the following areas: