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In the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement a number of areas of civil and commercial law will be affected. 

 

What this means

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU rules on jurisdiction  will no longer apply if a case is being taken which involves a company or a person in Britain or Northern Ireland.  Equally, EU rules would no longer apply if enforcement is sought of a judgment given by a court in Britain or Northern Ireland.     In essence, the UK would be viewed as a third country, similar to the way countries like New Zealand and Australia are viewed now.

In this situation it could take longer or be more difficult to get or enforce a judgment against a company, or person, in Britain or Northern Ireland.   

The European Commission has prepared a notice to stakeholders which alerts parties to the legal repercussions which need to be considered if the UK becomes a third country.  The note prepared by the Commission can be found here: European Commission Brexit Notice to Stakeholders - Civil Justice

For more information on how to get your business Brexit Ready visit www.gov.ie/brexit