Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (494)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

494. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he has formally met with his UK counterpart to discuss Brexit and its impact on east-west trade reciprocal arrangements and all other Brexit related matters that fall within the remit of his Department; the number of times they have formally met to discuss Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51893/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The negotiations on both the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration on the framework for the EU-UK future relationship, both of which were endorsed by the European Council on 25 November, were conducted on behalf of the EU27 by the EU's Chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the Commission's Article 50 Taskforce. 

I have not formally met with my UK counterpart to discuss Brexit issues, however, Brexit is a priority issue for this Government, and the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and others in Cabinet have been engaging, and will continue to engage, with our EU partners and the UK to advance Ireland’s priorities.