The run up to Brexit has been an uncertain time for our counselling community across the island of Ireland - in particular for counsellors who work with clients on both sides of the border.

As it’s likely the UK will begin the formal process to leave the EU from 31 January 2020, we want to reassure you about the impact of Brexit on your work.

We’ve worked with IACP to provide information which clarifies the status of your membership, whatever the final terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and signpost you to further business advice, if you need it.

Your membership status and recognition won’t change

BACP and IACP have more than 6,000 members across the island of Ireland, some of whom are members of both organisations.

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, members in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland will continue to be recognised and receive the same service and benefits from both us and IACP.

You can continue to work with clients on both sides of the border

Our members will retain freedom of movement to continue to meet the needs of their clients on both sides of the border.

Existing arrangements for income tax and related payments will also continue so members can continue to work with clients in both nations, whatever the outcome on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

This is because the British and Irish governments have reaffirmed the joint commitment to the Common Travel Area (CTA) in all Brexit scenarios. It means existing reciprocal rights to travel, work, study, access social security and public services will stay the same for UK and Irish nationals.

Find out more about your rights under the CTA

We will continue to recognise each other's accreditation schemes

Our agreement with IACP that allows each organisation to recognise the other’s accreditation schemes will remain in place whatever the future shape of the UK’s relationship with the EU and the Republic of Ireland.

You will continue to receive all the benefits normally associated with both organisations’ accredited member status.

Free practical advice for businesses

Free advice is available for businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to prepare for the UK leaving the European Union. These organisations are all offering support that you may find helpful.

  • InterTradeIreland
    Provides a free Brexit Advisory Service to help businesses deal with the challenges that Brexit poses, particularly those trading on a cross-border basis. It is also offering two voucher schemes to help small and medium sized businesses navigate their way through Brexit, to support both planning and implementation.
  • Department of the Taoiseach
    Holding a series of Brexit support events across the Republic of Ireland. You can also sign up to the weekly Government Brexit update for the latest developments on Brexit preparation, outreach and support.
  • Invest Northern Ireland
    You can find a Get Ready for Brexit section on their website with useful FAQs, a Brexit assessment tool and details of Brexit focused workshops and tutorials.
  • Northern Ireland Chambers of Commerce
    Provides a Brexit hub and consultancy service, and a programme of Brexit advice events