Tuesday 27 June 2017

Taoiseach needs to help Britain remain within the EU

Today’s speech by the Taoiseach in London will set down a clear marker of our interest in this crucial decision
Today’s speech by the Taoiseach in London will set down a clear marker of our interest in this crucial decision

Brian Hayes

Today Enda Kenny will make probably his most important speech as Taoiseach. Speaking to the CBI in London, he will set out the dangers and, indeed, the cost to Ireland were Britain to leave the EU. He also has an opportunity to set out how we can help Britain in the negotiations with other EU partners.

Since the foundation of this State and the winning of independence, Ireland's decision to join the EU has been the clear high point of Irish foreign policy. We couldn't have joined without the British. The question now is can we stay if they were to leave?

While Enda Kenny cannot directly influence the forthcoming British referendum, as Taoiseach, he has the primary responsibility to explain to a British audience the implications for Ireland.

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