22 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Border poll now would be divisive:

Michael Fisher

There are indications the British Prime Minster Theresa May will begin the process of taking the UK out of the European Union at the end of January or in February 2017, according to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny said although this had not been confirmed, the signs he had from the British side were that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would start the formal exit, will be triggered early next year. It was however a matter for Mrs May.

  The Taoiseach said indications the process would begin “probably” at the end of January or early February had come from David Davis, the UK secretary of state for Brexit and the Northern Secretary James Brokenshire, both of whom met members of the Irish government in recent weeks. His comments came as part of a wide-ranging briefing to political correspondents from the national media in Dublin.

  Meanwhile the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan has said it would be divisive and unhelpful to hold a border poll on reunification at this time. He also said the imposition of a “hard border” would be negative for trade with Northern Ireland. He was speaking in New York at Fordham University, where he delivered a key-note address on “Ireland and the European Union in Changing Times”.

  The Minister noted that the university was founded in 1841 by Bishop John Hughes, a native of Augher, Co. Tyrone (whose family home was at Dernaved in Co. Monaghan close to the county boundary). Mr Flanagan said he stood by the Good Friday Agreement that stated the future of Northern Ireland would be decided only by the people of Northern Ireland. However, he said he felt it was essential that the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland were factored into a final …

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