Concerns over 'Brexit' from European Union
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
The UK Government may decide to hold a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union as early as 2016, Irish ministers have been warned.
The issue of a possible 'Brexit' was discussed at length at yesterday's Cabinet meeting with ministers expressing concern about the prospect of changes to the EU Treaty.
In a memo presented to Cabinet, seen by the Irish Independent, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said it was expected that Prime Minister David Cameron would outline his intentions for a referendum at the next European Council meeting on June 25. But the memo also says that Mr Cameron could provide details about the possible British exit in his Queen's speech later this month.
Ministers have been told that it is expected the UK will push for the tightening of rules surrounding migration, the strengthening of the role of national parliaments and better regulations.
The Cabinet was advised to avoid public speculation surrounding treaty changes or a Brexit "given the many uncertainties" at hand.