Saturday 21 April 2018

PM handling Irish situation 'with caution'

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

British Prime Minister Theresa May has so far handled Irish Brexit matters with "caution and maturity", according to renowned journalist Tony Barber.

Speaking to the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA), Mr Barber, Europe editor and associate editor at the 'Financial Times' in London, said that "maturity should prevail".

Read more: 'Theresa May speaks on Irish matters with maturity that's shockingly absent in EU remarks' - Tony Barber

"As for UK-Irish relations, the priority must be to preserve the Common Travel Area between the North and the Republic, to avoid customs, trade and investment barriers and most crucial of all to uphold the peace process and promote harmonious community relations in Northern Ireland," Mr Barber said.

He said that so far, Mrs May had handled Irish matters with "caution".

"Mrs May and her ministers have so far spoken on Irish matters with caution and even maturity that are often shockingly absent on their remarks with the EU.

"I expect the sense of maturity to prevail no matter how fraught the negotiations become."

However, he said that constitutional instability in the UK "cannot fail to have profound implications for the Republic".

Irish Independent

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