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Brexit: Guidance for UK businesses providing services in the Republic of Ireland

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.

Find out more about rights 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.

Cross-border trade

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.

Further considerations

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: