Safeguarding open border and Common Travel Area must be our priority as a hard Brexit is sought by Prime Minister May – O’Reilly

Safeguarding open border and Common Travel Area must be our priority as a hard Brexit is sought by Prime Minister May.

A hard Brexit is inevitable following Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement that the UK will not seek to remain in the single market.

“Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that the UK will not seek to remain in the single market as part of their exit from the European Union. While this provides us with greater clarity on the aims of the UK as we approach the formal Brexit negotiations, the fact that the UK now seems destined for a hard Brexit presents additional challenges for Ireland, particularly our border community.

“A hard Brexit is not the conclusion that most of us had hope for. However, the Government have been preparing for a number of eventualities regarding the UK’s exit from the EU – both hard and soft. Now that clarity has been provided by the UK on what they are seeking, this Fine Gael led Government is already at an advanced stage in terms of laying out our strategy for ensuring Ireland’s national interests, and our unique circumstances, are fully understood by our European partners.

“I note that Prime Minister May stated that the UK is committed to ensuring the continuation of the Common Travel Area. That, along with ensuring an open border remains between the North and the South must be issues of priority.

“It is essential that the Government works to mitigate the adverse impact that Brexit may have on the Irish economy, particularly in the border region, including Cavan and Monaghan and in sectors such as agri-food.

“As the local Fine Gael Senator in Cavan and Monaghan, I will ensure the concerns of our local communities are heard by the Government and that they remain to the fore of the Government’s agenda at all stages throughout the Brexit process.” In the end we will need a special deal between Ireland and the U.K. placed within the overall settlement.  I also hope for special support for our vulnerable exports” Concluded Senator O’Reilly

 

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website