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Tuesday 27 September 2016

So-called 'Brexit Referendum' top of agenda as Taoiseach meets British Prime Minister David Cameron

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent in London

Published 25/01/2016 | 15:35

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside No 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside No 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is this afternoon meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London with the upcoming so-called 'Brexit Referendum top of the agenda.

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Mr Kenny has previously raised his concerns about the prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union warning such a move could see the return of the border in the North.

Mr Cameron has committed to holding an in/out vote on EU membership by the end of 2017.

He is currently seeking reforms by the EU including on issues such as sovereignty and migration that he can take to the electorate ahead of the vote.

He hopes to have a deal in place by next months EU Council meeting.

The British Prime minister greeted Mr Kenny upon his arrival at 10 Downing Street at 3pm.

Developments in Northern Ireland are also on the agenda for this afternoon's meeting.

Earlier Mr Kenny addressed Irish business leaders in London and asked them to publicly support Britain staying in the EU.

"In Ireland, we are not disinterested observers.  Nor should we be," he told them.

"Britain and Ireland are more than neighbours; we are friends. 

"We are rivals at times of course.  We compete on the global stage whether for economic investment or sporting success.  "Yet we work closely together within the European Union as like-minded colleagues. 

"We share a broadly similar vision for Europe. 

"We want to see a Union that is globally competitive, internally efficient and outwardly coherent on trade, innovation and world affairs, including migration," Mr Kenny said.

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