Monday 20 November 2017

Brexit countdown: we are ready for risks and challenges Ireland faces

The State has been preparing for Brexit for a long time, says Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and this is how we will defend our economy

Of national concern: A mock customs post at Ravensdale, Co Louth, set up to protest against a hard border Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Of national concern: A mock customs post at Ravensdale, Co Louth, set up to protest against a hard border Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

This Saturday, April 29, the European Council will meet in the format of 27 member states to adopt guidelines for the Brexit negotiations which will set out the overall EU approach to the negotiation process. In the following weeks, more detailed negotiation directives will be agreed. These guidelines and directives will map out the approach to be taken by Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, in the negotiations with the UK.

A two-year timeline for negotiation began with Prime Minister Theresa May's formal letter of March 29. Her decision to call an election on June 8 doesn't impact on this deadline.

Ireland has been preparing for Brexit for a long time. Well before the UK referendum last June, contingency planning was under way across Government. That work provided a solid basis for the detailed further work that we had to undertake once the referendum result was clear.

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