While it is still unknown how, or if, Brexit will occur there is some good news for FAME members working across the UK and Ireland. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the UK and Irish Governments to continue the Common Travel Area (CTA) regardless of the outcomes of Brexit. The MoU sets out an agreed policy framework for the CTA which guarantees free movement of people between Britain and Ireland. It also covers access to social security, health, education, social insurance, child benefit and pensions.

In practical terms what does this mean for Archaeology Companies?

  • It will mean the FAME members who conduct work in both countries will be able to do so without interruption.
  • That FAME members in the UK employing Irish Citizens and FAME members in Ireland employing UK citizens will be able to do so without interruption.
  • For FAME members looking to hire new employees you can do so knowing that Irish or British citizens will be able to work for you into the foreseeable future regardless of what happens with Brexit.

You can find the MoU here and a joint statement on it – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/memorandum-of-understanding-between-the-uk-and-ireland-on-the-cta

It should be noted that the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are also part of the CTA.