Monday 27 February 2017

Kenny to meet Cameron on Brexit

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said British Prime Minister David Cameron is flexible on what he is seeking around welfare reforms as part of Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Mr Kenny said the Irish Government would support Mr Cameron where it could as he seeks to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the EU.

The Taoiseach said it was unlikely a deal would be agreed on the prime minister's demands until at least February.

"We recognise the sensitivities that surround the issues of welfare and welfare payments in the United Kingdom for workers who come there," Mr Kenny said.

"David Cameron has told me himself of his flexibility in regards to the detail of that and how it might operate."

Mr Kenny is meeting his EU counterparts today where the issue of a potential Brexit will dominate discussions.

"It is important to say that what is required out of discussions are the indications for the prime minster to get a strong and a sellable package that will benefit the members of the European Union," Mr Kenny said.

"You know Ireland's view, our nearest, closest neighbour, a billion (euro) of transactions across the Irish Sea, the absolute importance of having the European Union continuing to have the UK as a strong and central member of the union."

Irish Independent

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