Sunday 11 December 2016

Kenny urges Irish in UK to vote ‘Remain’

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

Custom controls could be set up at the border with the North in the event of a Brexit vote, the Taoiseach has warned.

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Enda Kenny made a plea to Irish people living in Britain to vote ‘Remain’ next month, saying Ireland would be one of the worst affected countries should the UK choose to leave the European Union.

Speaking in London, as he prepared to watch Mayo take on London in a Gaelic football Championship match, Mr Kenny said Irish people made up a “substantial” part of the electorate and urged them to vote.

“We would say, with particular reference to the Irish people living in Britain, this is a really important decision. Its outcome would affect people in Northern Ireland, it would affect Ireland itself. Whether there would be border controls or custom controls, these things are a possibility but obviously they would require some very serious negotiations and my preference for the Irish electorate who have a significant part in this referendum is to vote to stay,” he said. 

Mr Kenny, pictured at the GAA grounds in South Ruislip with Irish4Europe campaigners Kate Murphy and Claire Tighe, said Ireland and Northern Ireland would be “most adversely affected” in the event of a Brexit vote.

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