Wednesday 28 September 2016

Brexit will be triggered early in 2017: Kenny

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Donald Tusk , the President of the European Council, on his arrival for a working lunch at Government Buildings. Pic Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Donald Tusk , the President of the European Council, on his arrival for a working lunch at Government Buildings. Pic Tom Burke

The UK will trigger a formal move to leave the European Union early in the New Year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

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The formal application to exit the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will officially begin Britain's separation from the union. Since the June 23 vote in the UK, any plan by the British government to trigger the exit has remained a mystery.

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks with the media outside a hotel prior to an EU summit in Bratislava on Thursday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
European Council President Donald Tusk speaks with the media outside a hotel prior to an EU summit in Bratislava on Thursday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

However, speaking in Dublin, Mr Kenny said he believed the crucial step would be taken within months. His view was based on talks with British cabinet ministers who have visited Dublin in the past week.

Mr Kenny also gave the clearest signal yet that the special VAT rate for hotels, pubs and restaurants will be kept in next month's Budget.

He warned, however, that it will be ditched if prices are not passed on to customers. "I do hope that the industry recognises what it's got," he said.

Irish Independent

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