Friday 19 January 2018

British EU exit would be 'catastrophic', warns Kenny

Fiach Kelly in Strasbourg

A BRITISH exit from the European Union would be "catastrophic", according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

It comes as British prime minister David Cameron is due to make a key speech on Britain's relationship with the EU in The Hague on Friday.

Speaking after addressing the EU parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Kenny also said he couldn't see any renegotiations of European treaties, as suggested by some in Britain.

European Parliament president Martin Schulz also said he didn't think it would be "realistic" to renegotiate existing EU treaties.

Mr Kenny hinted that any such moves could lead to more referendums in Ireland.

"I think it would be catastrophic if Britain were to leave the European Union," the Taoiseach said.

"I regard myself as a close working, political friend of Prime Minister Cameron's. We signed a strategic partnership agreement with Britain last year. We have very close relationships obviously, with our closest neighbour, both in trade and economics and all the rest of it."

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