FREEDOM OF TRAVEL WITH UK WILL CONTINUE POST-BREXIT SAYS TAOISEACH

4 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

People will continue to be able to travel freely between Ireland and the UK post-Brexit, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told a major conference yesterday which discussed the implications for the Border counties and the country as a whole of the UK’s vote to depart the European Union.

Mr Kenny said he had agreed with British Prime Minister Theresa May that the “benefits of the Common Travel Area” between both countries were preserved.

The Taoiseach committed that he would keep other political parties fully briefed at different stages of the Brexit negotiations.

The Taoiseach has also raised the possibility that the British Prime Minister could trigger plans for the UK to leave the European Union before the March 2017 deadline she has already fixed.

At the seminar in Dublin, Mr Kenny indicated there is scope for the process to begin earlier.

He said while the end of March is the deadline for Ms May to trigger Article 50, the formal process could begin in December or January.

Political leaders from both sides of the border stated that the island of Ireland would be the EU region most affected by Brexit.

Addressing the All-Island Civic Dialogue, a cross-border gathering of politicians, business leaders, community representatives and others, Mr Kenny said he “acknowledges” that Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU in June’s referendum.

Mr Kenny also pointed out that access to the European Union Single Market requires the acceptance of the freedom of movement of people.

The Taoiseach said Northern Ireland and the ….
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