Monday 16 January 2017

UK's Brexit minister due to hold talks in Dublin

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

Brexit Secretary David Davis (left) during a press conference at Stormont House in Belfast. Photo: Mark Marlow/PA Wire
Brexit Secretary David Davis (left) during a press conference at Stormont House in Belfast. Photo: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

David Davis, the minister responsible for mapping out Britain's exit from the European Union, will today discuss the future of the Northern Ireland border during talks in Dublin.

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The visit is part of a whistle-stop tour of member states by Mr Davis ahead of the decision by the UK to formally trigger Article 50 of the EU treaties and begin the process of exiting the EU.

At a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Mr Davis is expected to discuss Northern Ireland and concerns about the return of a hard border.

The future of the Common Travel Area, as well as trade and economy, will also be discussed.

The Secretary of State was due to be accompanied by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker MP.

Government sources in Dublin said there is the prospect that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will also meet Mr Davis.

The Conservative politician is tonight due to attend a British-Irish Chamber of Commerce Dinner in Dublin.

The news comes as Cabinet was today expected to formally approve plans to establish a new sub-committee to deal with the fallout from Brexit.

Irish Independent

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