Chilcott urges Irish living in UK to vote against 'Brexit'
Relations between Ireland and Britain are ready to "kick on further" to their mutual benefit but this could be hindered if a Brexit occurs, the British Ambassador to Ireland has warned.
Dominick Chilcott reiterated the British government's position on staying in the EU at an inaugural ambassadorial lecture at Dublin City University yesterday.
Mr Chilcott said he hoped Patrick Pearse would "be delighted by the mutual respect that the UK and Ireland show to one another nowadays, and by the friendship and co-operation that characterise our relations".
He told attendees: "The stage is set for both countries to kick on further and really make the most of our geographical proximity and our familiarity with each other. But there is a large cloud that may yet pass across the road that leads to these sunlit uplands. And it is called Brexit."
He added that most Irish people would "see much more risk than opportunity" if Britain voted to leave the EU and called on the 500,000 Irish nationals living in Britain to vote against a Brexit on June 23.
"They include a former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese, who is living in Richmond, who told me that one of the first things she did on moving to south-west London was to register for the referendum - such is the level of her concern to avoid a Brexit," he said.