Monday 23 October 2017

Cameron's EU fears 'solvable', says Kenny

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside No 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) greets Taoiseach Enda Kenny outside No 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told British Prime Minister David Cameron that all of his government's concerns about membership of the EU are "solvable".

Mr Kenny pledged his support for Britain in its attempts to negotiate EU reforms in the areas of sovereignty, competitiveness, economic governance and migration ahead of a so-called 'Brexit' referendum.

The two leaders met in Downing Street yesterday, where Mr Kenny invited Mr Cameron to come to Ireland as part of the 1916 centenary commemorations "at some time during the year if that's appropriate".

Mr Cameron said 2016 "marks the centenary of some important events in our shared history".

The upcoming in/out EU referendum - due by the end of 2017 - topped the agenda.

The Taoiseach said all of Britain's issues of concern "can be concluded successfully and strongly in the interests of everybody throughout the union".

Mr Cameron, who said his government has made "good progress" in the negotiations, also made supportive noises about the Taoiseach's election prospects, after Mr Kenny told reporters voters should back the Coalition if they wanted to "keep the economy moving".

Asked by the Irish Independent if he had any advice for Mr Kenny on how to win a "surprise" overall majority - as his Conservative Party did last year - Mr Cameron replied: "I wouldn't give advice. But that last answer [by Mr Kenny] sounded to me like the 'Long-Term Economic Plan'," he said, referring to his party's 2015 slogan.

"The Irish election is a matter for the Irish electorate."

Mr Kenny, who has warned a 'Brexit' could mean a return to border controls in the North, was asked about how it could affect the peace process. "The guns are silent and this has taken a great deal of work and this should not be put at risk," he said.

Irish Independent

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