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Ireland can be ‘voice of reason’ on Brexit – Hayes

Ireland can play a pivotal role in helping to secure an amicable trade deal between the EU and the UK. That’s the view of the Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes. The Dublin MEP says it’s vital an EU-UK trade deal is negotiated swiftly once the British trigger Article 50.   Out words: we’re in Dur: […]

British under pressure to invoke Article 50 – Hayes

The Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says he understands pressure is being put on the British government to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to trigger British withdrawal from the EU. The Dublin MEP was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg where Brexit has dominated debates this week. Mr Hayes says the EU […]

Swift progress on British-EU trade deal ‘vital’ for Ireland– Hayes

It’s critical that a trade deal between Britain and the EU does not take years to conclude. That’s the warning from the Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes. Mr Hayes, who was speaking in the European Parliament, referred to the current trade deal that’s being brokered between Canada and the EU. He said the CETA (Comprehensive […]

Harkin warns against lenient Brexit trade deal

A lenient trade deal that would give Britain access to the EU single market while allowing them some concessions could have grave implications for the Republic of Ireland. That’s the warning from the Independent MEP Marian Harkin. She says some people in Ireland have been calling for a so-called soft landing deal. But the Midlands […]

‘Soft landing’ Brexit deal ‘double-edged sword’ – Harkin

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin is warning against any so-called soft landing deal with the British during Brexit negotiations. The Midlands North-West MEP says there have been calls for a light deal for Northern Ireland. She says any kind of light regime for Northern Ireland, while they maintain access to the single market, would significantly […]

Brexit MEPs legally entitled to attend European Parliament – Kelly

British MEPs who campaigned for a Brexit vote are entitled to remain on as MEPs even though they want Britain to leave the EU. That’s according to the Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly. He says they have every right to complete their terms in office even though they could end up voting on EU laws […]

No clarity on Brexit Article 50 timeline – Kelly

The impact of the recent Brexit vote was debated at length this morning in the European Parliament. The President of the European Commission condemned Britain’s leading leave campaigners Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage for their lack of patriotism in quitting ahead of Britain’s withdrawal negotiations from the EU. Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs patriots don’t abandon […]

Negotiating Brexit impact on Irish fishing ‘very complex’ – Ni Riada

Managing the impact of a future Brexit on the Irish fishing industry will be a very complicated process. That’s according to the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada who sits on the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee. She was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg where Brexit has dominated today’s debates there. Out words: withdrawal […]