Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (103)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

103. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken to Mr. Juncker or Mr. Barnier since the vote on the withdrawal treaty took place in London; and if so, the issues that were discussed. [1715/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Government regrets the outcome of last night's vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement.

In the very short period since the vote, I have not spoken to Mr Juncker or Mr Barnier.

As President Juncker stated after the vote, what we need from the UK is clarity on how it proposes to move forward. This was reiterated by Michel Barnier in his address to the European Parliament today. Prime Minister May is required to inform Parliament no later than Monday 21 January as to what steps she now proposes to take. The EU response will then need to be considered and we will of course prioritise discussions with partners and the EU institutions in that context.