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Brexit draws nearer as Irish Government dithers on response – Adams

2 October, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said this evening that the Irish government is not adequately prepared for negotiations on Brexit and the potential “significant consequences” for the island of Ireland. 

Teachta Adams said:

“The result of the Brexit referendum has been known now for over three months, yet we've yet to see any meaningful propositions coming from the Taoiseach and his Ministers in the intervening period on the key issues and potentially significant consequences for the island, north and south.

“The Taoiseach told me this week he intends holding his ‘forum’ or ‘conversation’ on how we as an island can respond to Brexit, in November - which, depending on the start date, could be almost six months on from the referendum result. 

“The sooner representatives from all of the key interest groups, including civic society, agriculture, political parties, trade unions and the business community can get around a table and start to formulate a strategy for negotiations the better.

“Front and centre of the Irish government's mind must be the fact that citizens in the north voted to remain in the European Union - that must recognised and respected.” 

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