Saturday 10 December 2016

Nothing to lose from talking about Brexit

Published 19/11/2016 | 02:30

First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Mark Condren
First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Mark Condren

After a bad start, the governments on either side of the Border have now committed to work together on Brexit.

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Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster justifiably took umbrage at Taoiseach Enda Kenny's cack-handed approach to an all-island forum on Brexit, announcing its setting-up before even consulting with her. She flatly snubbed the invitation.

The North-South ministerial council is a well-established means for ministers in both administrations to deal with issues of mutual interest. It affords the opportunity for as much engagement as either side is comfortable with, without putting a new structure in place, which would cause tensions over who is calling the shots.

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