Enda Kenny tells UK PM Theresa May of Brexit concern

Irish concerns over Brexit were raised by Taoiseach Enda Kenny with new British Prime Minister Theresa May last night.

Within hours of her securing the keys to No 10 Downing Street, he was among various world and European leaders to speak with David Cameron’s successor. The pair have agreed to meet within weeks.

Mr Kenny said their phone conversation covered a range of issues, including the importance of building on the current excellent Anglo-Irish relations that encompass joint support of the peace process.

“We also discussed the important challenges that arise from the recent vote by the UK to leave the European Union. I outlined Ireland’s key areas of concern and shared my perspective on the challenges that lie ahead in the forthcoming negotiations,” the Taoiseach said.

Former London mayor Boris Johnson was a surprise appointment as Britain’s new foreign minister in Ms May’s Cabinet last night. He was a leading figure in the victorious “Leave” campaign in the Brexit referendum, but bowed out early from the race for the Conservative Party leadership which she secured this week.

Mr Johnson’s role in Britain’s negotiations over its future relationship with the EU is likely to be limited because Ms May is expected to create a new ministerial post focused on Brexit issues.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan congratulated Mr Johnson who, he said, faces many issues, “not least the challenges arising from the UK exit from the European Union.”


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