The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement which was agreed by the European Council on 17 October 2019.
The agreement includes a transition period until at least 31 December 2020.
During this time, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and the UK will remain part of the EU's Single Market and Customs Union. There will be no immediate changes for citizens and businesses in their day-to-day dealings.
The EU and the UK are in ongoing negotiations on a new future relationship agreement which, if agreed, is due to come into effect from 1 January 2021.
Further information may be found on the Government's website here.
In the event that an agreement on the future relationship cannot be reached, the United Kingdom will become a “third-country” i.e. one which is outside the European Union’s regulatory control, without an agreed trading partnership.
As such, any imports of live aquatic animals and aquatic animal products to Ireland originating in the UK will be subject to additional checks and controls in order to ensure they comply with our existing zoosanitary and animal health standards. Further information on the implications for importing live animals and animal products into Ireland from the UK if it becomes a third-country can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine’s website at the links below.