12 Dec 2018, 16.02

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence will discuss the latest developments on Brexit with Foreign Minister Simon Coveney TD on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

The Tánaiste also will brief the Committee on matters raised and discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council.

“Brexit is the key challenge facing Ireland, and being prepared for all potential scenarios is of the utmost importance," said Committee Chairman Brendan Smith TD. "The recent turmoil in British politics is of great concern here, particularly in relation to the position regarding Northern Ireland and the proposed backstop. It is essential that the Irish Government and people, supported by our EU colleagues, maintain the position that a hard border on the island is not acceptable in any situation. Members are eager to discuss the latest developments with the Tánaiste and receive a briefing on the most up to date position."

“Over recent months the Foreign Affairs Council has deliberated on the European Union’s relations with a wide variety of countries and regions, including the situations in Yemen, Jordan and the wider Middle East, the EU’s evolving engagement with the Western Balkans, its cooperation with the African Union, and the security situation in Ukraine,” Deputy Smith said.

The meeting in Committee Room 1 can be viewed live here.

Read highlights from the Foreign Affairs Council meeting here.

 

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