Howlin calls on Taoiseach to make Dáil statement on Brexit progress

13 October 2017

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has today called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to make a Dáil statement on the progress of the Brexit talks.

Deputy Howlin said:

“Reports from yesterday’s negotiation session between the EU and the UK are disturbing.  Insufficient progress is being made to progress to more substantive talks.

“Yet, Ireland is being cited as one of those countries that would like to see talks progressing to another phase so as to prepare for more substantive discussions on trade issues. This is despite the lack of resolution of the first two issues. 

“But on what basis? We hear talk of Germany not being satisfied with the UK’s exit bill, but the issue of Ireland should be a more substantive one. Despite ongoing reassurances that the Irish issues are at the top of everyone’s agenda, no proposal of any merit to address the border issue has yet been made that I am aware of. 

“This news comes on the back of reports that Ireland may not have been successful in its bid for either the European Banking Agency or the European Medicines Agency, and the emergence of Frankfurt as the key destination for post Brexit relocations. 

“The Taoiseach knows he has my support in this critical national endeavour so I am calling on him now to take the opportunity to update the Dáil on the progress of those discussions.  It is vital that Ireland keeps its eye on the ball on this critical national issue.”

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