Recently, there have been lots of reports about motorists needing a green card as proof of insurance to travel across the border in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The issue has been raised a number of times in the Dáil and the Taoiseach has said that there will be a grace period for people driving into this jurisdiction without a green card. However, as has been the case all along with the Brexit negotiations, we cannot provide for what will happen when the UK crashes out of the EU on March 29th and every necessary step must be taken to ensure that protections are in place where possible, for citizens living on this island.
I am delighted to have this brief opportunity to contribute on the Bill. I commend the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and nine other Departments on the work they have done in ensuring that we have some degree of readiness for a disorderly Brexit, which, of course, must be avoided at all costs. Like my colleague, Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan, I welcome the decision by Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn and the UK Labour Party to move towards a second referendum to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I commend the work of the Tánaiste in involving our Irish-American colleagues, particularly at national congressional level, and bringing in the important lever of the 30 or 40 million Americans of recent Irish descent to try to even up the disparity in power between us and the UK.