Brexit impact on employees

April 25, 2019

Even in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit, Ibec does not envisage an issue with the continuation of the Irish-UK Common Travel Area. It is envisaged that UK citizens in Ireland will continue to have the same associated rights and entitlements including access to public services, healthcare, education and access to employment. However, it is envisaged that non-EEA spouses and partners of UK citizens working in Ireland may need a work permit in order to take up employment in this jurisdiction.


An agreement on social security was signed by Ireland and the UK on 1 February 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, all existing arrangements with regard to recognition of and access to, social insurance entitlements will be maintained in both jurisdictions. This means the rights of Irish citizens living in Ireland to benefit from social insurance contributions made when working in the UK will be protected and vice versa.


Ibec continues to monitor the Brexit negotiations and progress of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. We will evaluate developments as they arise and their possible impact on the Irish economy. We have also considered the possible impact of Brexit on employees depending on their country of origin and family circumstances, to see where we might be able to provide reassurance and support. In most cases, and subject to the form Brexit takes, the practical impact on employees is likely to be negligible.


As is evident from recent media reports, the precise form and timing of the UK’s withdrawal remains uncertain.