Written answers

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Brexit Issues

Photo of Michael MoynihanMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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87. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken with EU counterparts recently on Brexit or other matters. [50347/19]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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Brexit is a priority issue for this Government, and the Taoiseach, my cabinet colleagues and I take every opportunity to engage with EU partners to advance Ireland’s priorities.  

On 9 December I attended a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council with whom I discussed matters such as my recent visit to Israel and Palestine and a number of human rights issues. While Brexit was not on the agenda, I had a range of informal exchanges with my counterparts.  

Protecting Ireland’s interests during the upcoming negotiations regarding the EU-UK future relationship will require a continued whole of Government effort underpinned by the same coherent, cohesive approach that has characterised our Brexit strategy from the start. I, alongside my Government colleagues and our officials, will continue to build on our strong relations with the Taskforce and Commission, Member States, Oireachtas members and stakeholders across this island.


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