Friday 22 September 2017

Martin: Expanded Irish-British council needed

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there is a need for an "institutional structure between Britain and Ireland" post-Brexit.

Mr Martin said: "We tend to forget one of the best things about EU membership was that Irish officials and politicians became much more familiar and friendly with British politicians."

He said Ireland "will lose" those relationships post-Brexit. An Irish-British council "would have to be expanded", he said.

He told Newstalk yesterday he wanted a "nordic structure" where "you will have proper structure and institutions established".

"There would be regular meetings on a range of issues important to the British-Irish relationship," he added.

Irish Independent

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