Thursday 14 December 2017

Merkel pledge to Taoiseach ahead of Brexit talks

Enda Kenny meets Angela Merkel in Berlin REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Enda Kenny meets Angela Merkel in Berlin REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to help Ireland safeguard its interests in the upcoming Brexit talks.

She said she was aware of Irish concerns including the "very important issues of war and peace". Taoiseach Enda Kenny thanked her for her "deep understanding" of the peace process in the North.

Their remarks came ahead of a meeting in Berlin last night where Ms Merkel also praised Ireland's growing economy. The pair discussed Brexit and EU-US relations following their recent trips to the White House to meet US President Donald Trump.

The German leader said the remaining 27 member states would protect their interests, but also wanted to remain "good partners" with the UK.

"We are all familiar with the situation with Ireland and the very, very important issues of war and peace that are important to Ireland," she added.

"We, as European partners here in Germany, will try to help Ireland to safeguard its interests."

Irish Independent

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