Brexit must not undermine peace process, says Hillary Clinton on Dublin visit

24 June, 2018, 09:07 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • LA MALBAIE, QC- JUNE 09 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May holds a press conference at the end of the second day of the G7 Summit

Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Theresa May that time is running out to resolve the impasse over the Irish border issue that risks bringing down the whole Brexit deal.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker as he signs the vistors book in Government Buildings.

Irish economy still growing substantially but Brexit is "a major threat", says Ireland's Central Bank High levels of household and public debt also cause for concern Ireland's economy is still showing strong growth but Brexit poses major risks, according to the country's Central Bank.

Negotiators have struggled to find a solution acceptable to both sides which want to avoid a "hard border" after Britain's departure from the European Union.

While welcoming the joint statement from the European Commission and the United Kingdom - outlining progress made on the terms of the draft withdrawal agreement since the last negotiation round in March - Mairead McGuinness, the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, framed her views ahead of Brexit meetings in Dublin tomorrow.

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On Friday, he will meet Irish President Michael D Higgins and visit the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Croke Park, and the GAA museum.

Later Mr Juncker addressed both houses of the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas.

Ahead of Mr Juncker's arrival in Dublin, the Taoiseach said: "This is an important opportunity to assess the state of play in the Brexit negotiations".

Half of Labour voters said they would put leaving the EU ahead of maintaining the UK's union, while 73 per cent of Conservatives said the same.

The Commission President did not try his luck at either Gaelic football or hurling, preferring to leave it to athletes who demonstrated the sport.

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The Irish border issue, which still has to be finally resolved, has come to crystallise all the most hard problems in the Brexit negotiations.

He also said no deal was as good as being in the European Union as he toured Dublin accompanied by chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Mark Malloch Brown, chair of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain. said: "The deputy prime minister of Ireland is echoing what we've known for a while now: that a failure to properly deal with the Irish border question will scupper any chance of deal with the EU".

The visit comes as European Union member nations are being warned to step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

"The government has had two years to work this one out".

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"The backstop paper has been amended and now expresses, in much more detail, the time limited nature of our proposal - something the prime minister and David Davis have always been committed to".

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