I have a role as Co-Guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and am very clear on the obligations and duties that come with my office, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has said.
Charlie Flanagan TD told the Newry Chamber of Commerce at a business lunch on Wednesday 26th October, that the outcome of Brexit poses challenges of a serious nature and his Government stands ready to engage in a crucial period of negotiation.
He said that Irelandhas a seat at the EU negotiation table and “We will need to draw on all of the political, economic, social, diplomatic and technical expertise available to us on this island to ensure the best outcome for all of us,” said the Minister.
Mr Flanagan acknowledged the importance of cross border connectivity and funded projects and commented that the Newry area had gained a lot from EU funds.
Mr. Stephen Comer, Vice President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, said that “while we deeply regret the outcome of the UK Referendum, we are heartened thatNorthern Irelandis a core priority forDublinin terms of the Brexit process. We as a Chamber have been very active in our engagement on a political front and we implore you in your position as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to continue to engage extensively with theUKgovernment and with each of your foreign ministerial colleagues all across the EU to recognise our special status”.