'No immediate' change to flow of goods between Ireland and Britain says Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that there will be "no immediate" changes to the flow of goods between Ireland and Britain and people in the immediate wake of British people voting to leave the European Union.

Ireland will now roll out “contingency plans”, added Mr Kenny, without revealing exactly any detail on what they would be.

Speaking at Government buildings following an emergency Cabinet meeting this morning, Mr Kenny also said there was no evidence of a majority of people now wanting a border poll in the North and here.

Sinn Fein and others are pushing for such a vote in the wake of the Brexit referendum, especially given the fact that the North actually voted to remain.

Mr Kenny also seemed to signal that Ireland will allow Britain to organise a slow and measured exit from the union-despite strong words from Brussels that a quick exit is needed.

The Taoiseach said that it was up to British prime minister David Cameron when he and the British government implemented Article 50 in the Treaty of Lisbon-essentially the rules for an exit.

Mr Kenny said he was shortly due to speak to Mr Cameron by phone this afternoon and he wished him well after his announcement to resign and said the two had worked closely together.

The Dail will now be reconvened on Monday and Mr Kenny said he had a series of calls to make with political leaders.

A summary of the actions the Government will take is expected to be published, possibly later today.

The Taoiseach also defended his decision to campaign in Britain where efforts were made to persuade Irish people there to vote to remain. 


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