The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period until 31st December 2020.


During the transition period the trading relationship between the EU and UK will remain the same and current EU rules will continue to apply.  

A Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed and includes the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol which will apply from the end of the transition or implementation period.  The Protocol sets out how Northern Ireland’s exit from the EU will work and, if implemented, will establish that while the whole of the UK will leave the Customs Union, Northern Ireland will align with EU Regulations on goods ( for example, Sanitary and Phytosanitary [SPS] measures, marketing standards, product safety standards) and customs. The detailed arrangements for the implementation of the Protocol have still to be determined, so it will be some time yet before DAERA has a complete picture of the detailed arrangements needed to implement under the Protocol.  However, work is ongoing across DAERA to assess the impact of the Protocol for our work and our stakeholders in liaison with U.K. Government.

Information posted on this site is based on the information available at this time. Content will be updated as the Brexit process develops and further information becomes available. Please continue to check back for updates.

Questions & answers

Advice and guidance in the form of questions & answers for a range of agricultural, environmental and rural matters.

Latest news

Latest news, publications and guidance notes in relation to Brexit

DAERA EU Exit information events

DAERA has delivered a series of information events across Northern Ireland to help businesses prepare for a no deal Brexit. You can view the presentations delivered at the events at the links below:

Brexit contacts

Should you need to contact DAERA with Brexit related issues, you should contact the appropriate Business Area using DAERA helpline numbers linked below. Your call will be managed and you will be put in contact with the appropriate member of DAERA staff.

Alternatively, you can contact the DAERA Brexit Communications Team at


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