Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (70)

Lisa Chambers


70. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on recent meetings which he has had with his UK counterpart regarding Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20767/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

In November 2017, I welcomed UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson MP, for his first visit to Ireland since being appointed to the position. A number of areas of mutual foreign policy interest were discussed, including the Middle East and Africa, in addition to the strong British-Irish bilateral relationship and how this relationship can be strengthened in the future. Although the Foreign Secretary does not have lead responsibility for Brexit, the meeting also provided an opportunity to exchange views on the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

I routinely meet the Foreign Secretary at meetings of Foreign Ministers in an EU context, and internationally. Ireland and the United Kingdom share many areas of mutual interest and concern and we will continue to work together on areas of commonality.