Tuesday 24 April 2018

Departing ambassador to the UK expresses 'sadness' over Brexit

Ambassador Dan Mulhall. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ambassador Dan Mulhall. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Dan Mulhall, Ireland's ambassador to the UK, has expressed his own personal “sadness” that the fallout from Brexit is threatening to undo the improving relations between Ireland and the UK since the peace was agreed twenty years ago, the Guardian reports.

In addition Mr Mulhall said that the idea of border checks between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was a "non-starter" and that it was Ireland's "hope" that the UK would continue to be a part of the European customers union.

The remarks come as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he had "nobody to call" in a position of authority in the North because of the lack of an executive. Mr Varadkar is due to have talks with the DUP in Belfast this Friday.

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Mr Mulhall said that while Irish-British relations had been ignored during the Brexit referendum, focus now needed to be placed on them due to the risk to peace and trading relations between between the two.

"It’s not acceptable to have a border on the island of Ireland because it would be economically disruptive and politically risky," Mr Mulhall told the Guardian.

Mr Mulhall went on to say that the best solution to the post Brexit situation was for the UK to continue to be a member of the customs union and that he believed that the UK was only now starting to realise the difficulty in unravelling 44 years of policies.

"I feel a degree of sadness personally that I have had to witness this during the latter part of what has been a very exciting and enjoyable posting [in London]," Mr Mulhall said.

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