British-Irish assembly to discuss Brexit

The impact of Brexit is to be debated by Irish and British politicians at a meeting next week.

It comes amid calls for the Government to set up an all-party Oireachtas committee to examine Brexit and the EU reforms now needed.

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said: “Ireland stands to be affected from the fallout of a Brexit more than many other countries, and the fact that we share a land border with the United Kingdom puts our border counties at risk.

He said that the banking inquiry showed that a cross-party approach can deliver “workable solutions” and a similar type of committee could be set up to deal with Britain’s exit from the EU.

“We now need to provide a united front to ensure we safeguard Irish interests during this period of uncertainty.”

Politicians from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are set to meet in Dublin on Monday and Tuesday.

This will be the first time the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly will be able to discuss the fallout from the UK referendum and how it will impact on future British Irish relations.

Irish co-chair Kathleen Funchion said: “The Brexit vote has the potential to fundamentally change relationships on our islands.

Vice-chair and Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said the meeting comes at a “crucial time in the relationship between our two nations”.

“As Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union, we must ensure that we maintain excellent relations with our closest neighbour.”

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