Wednesday 7 December 2016

Beyond the rhetoric, Ireland and Germany are in the same boat and need to trade with UK

Ralf Lissek

Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny get ready to address a joint news conference at the chancellery in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny get ready to address a joint news conference at the chancellery in Berlin. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Francois Holland says that France "understands" Ireland's special concerns over Brexit. So too does Germany.

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Ten days ago, following talks with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin, Chancellor Merkel said that Dublin's voice will be "heard as much as anyone else's" in the forthcoming talks between the EU and the UK.

No country has ever invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The timeframe regarding exactly when and how Britain will leave the UK is still being played out. Put simply, this is an evolving situation.

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