Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced on July 18 that his country will hire 1,000 customs and veterinary officials.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, they will be needed to deal with new trade rules between Britain and Ireland that are likely to come into effect once the Brexit transition deal ends in March 2021.

In the event of a “no-deal” hard Brexit, which Varadkar described as unlikely, the government will make contingency arrangements, he told journalists.

“We do think that, with Brexit now eight months away and growing uncertainty about whether it will be possible to get a withdrawal agreement through Westminster, that we do need to change the gear and up our preparations when it comes to Brexit,” Varadkar said.