Saturday 17 March 2018

Taoiseach has 12-minute phonecall with outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has had a 12-minute phone call with outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron phoned the Taoiseach this afternoon to thank him for supporting the Remain campaign and to discuss the fallout from the decision by UK voters to leave the European Union.

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach said they touched on “the closeness of the result” and Mr Kenny said he “understood the rationale for the PM’s stated preference for initiating negotiations with the EU after a new leader of the Conservative party has been selected”.

The two leaders agreed there should be “no interruption to the close bilateral work at political and official level on Northern Ireland”.

“Moreover, it was agreed that there would be immediate bilateral contact between senior officials on the issues of mutual interest arising from the referendum, including the common travel area and the border,” the spokesperson said.

The exchange was described as “warm” with both men recalling the strong personal relationships that they had built over the last number of years.

“The Taoiseach wished PM Cameron and his family the very best for the future and they both looked forward to meeting in person next week,” the spokesman concluded.

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