Thursday, 11 July 2019
Brexit Contingency Action Plan: Statements
Simon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
I wish to close the debate by saying that on a practical level, we are about to head into recess and this summer will be dominated in media commentary and political concern by Brexit and by the build-up to what will be a challenging period in September and October, with a new British Prime Minister in place, with an ongoing negotiation and with a lot of efforts to try to avoid a no-deal Brexit, the consequences of which have been discussed in this debate. I thank all of the political parties and Independents in this House for the co-operation the Government has got thus far on this challenge. As Deputy Lisa Chambers pointed out, it is in stark contrast to the British Parliament and political system. As the Government wants to ensure that co-operation continues, if Members need briefings or if they have questions or concerns, we will be available through the summer to answer those questions to ensure the unity of purpose this House has created with the Brexit issues can be sustained and strengthened as we move into a difficult period in the weeks and months ahead.