Common Travel Area will continue to function as-is after no-deal Brexit



The Common Travel Area (CTA) would continue to function as it currently does in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a new “technical notice” published by the UK government.

The guidance, published yesterday, states: “If you are an Irish citizen you would continue to have the right to enter and remain in the UK, as now. You are not required to do anything to protect your status.

“In addition, you would continue to enjoy the reciprocal rights associated with the CTA in the same way that British citizens in Ireland would if there is no deal. These rights include the right to work, study and vote, access to social welfare benefits and health services.”

It continues to say that “domestic legislation and agreements would be updated” if necessary to ensure that the CTA rights “continue to have a clear legal basis”.

The CTA was established in 1923 to guarantee freedom of movement between the UK and the newly-independent Irish state.

The new guidance is one of the latest of 84 notices due to be published by the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) by the end of September.