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Saturday 25 March 2017

Taoiseach and Government to lobby the 1m Irish living in UK for anti-Brexit

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Enda Kenny will effectively hit the UK campaign trail ahead of next month's vote on British membership of the European Union, he said in Dublin today.

Many experts think the so-called Brexit referendum is now too close to call. The Government  here sees a UK exit as a major threat to trade and to cross border political ties

At an event organised by the Bloomberg news service in Dublin, the Taoiseach said he will visit the UK on a number of times between now and the June 23 vote, as well as other cabinet and opposition members. They will go to speak to the estimated one million Irish people living in the UK, and who have a right to vote on June.

The Irish politicians will travel to lobby for the so-called Remain campaign.

Enda Kenny said it is not a question of Ireland lecturing the British on Brexit, however, but a Brexit would impact Ireland more than other state, with Northern Ireland potentially severely impacted.

Ireland will not follow Britain out of the EU, if the country does vote to leave, Enda Kenny said.

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