Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (86)

Lisa Chambers


86. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach the number of times and the dates Cabinet committee C (European Union Including Brexit) has met. [20769/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The Government approved the establishment of Cabinet Committee C on 5 July 2017. This Cabinet Committee covers issues relating to the European Union, and assists the Government in its ongoing consideration of Brexit. It also supports my participation as a member of the European Council.

Cabinet Committee C first met on 11 September 2017 and again on the 13 February this year. The next meeting is expected to take place before the June European Council.

Given their significance, matters relating to Brexit and other EU issues are frequently discussed at meetings of the full Cabinet, and, in addition, I regularly meet with relevant Ministers to focus on particular issues, including those relating to the EU and Brexit. I have also had meetings with fishing and farming organisations to discuss the implications of Brexit.

Preparation for Brexit at official level, both in relation to the negotiations and in preparing for the potential consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, is intensive, with a range of inter-departmental and senior officials' groups meeting regularly.