Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on European and Foreign Affairs Seán Haughey TD, has said that there is the potential need for new Brexit legislation to be in force at the end of the transition period.

The information was revealed to Deputy Haughey by way of parliamentary question.

Deputy Haughey said: “It is likely that the UK Government will not request an extension to the transition period which is due to expire on the 31st December 2020. In these circumstances additional Brexit legislation will be required to be in force by then’.

“I welcome that the development of a new Brexit Omnibus Bill was recently approved, and that work will begin across Government Departments to draft a new scheme. It is clear that a significant body of work needs to be done in a short period of time to ensure that Ireland is prepared for a major change in our relationship with the UK which will be outside of the Single Market and the Customs Union as of the 1st January 2021. This legislation is not something that can be put on the back-burner’.

“It is imperative that during the global Covid-19 Pandemic that we do not lose sight of other major issues such as Brexit. The lack of progress in the most recent round of Brexit talks underscores the need to accelerate our planning and preparations for all Brexit scenarios,” concluded Deputy Haughey.