Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (82)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

82. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of meetings he has attended since the beginning of September 2018 with his officials to discuss and prepare for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3598/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

Brexit is a major priority for the Government, for me and the work of my Department.

I meet regularly every Thursday with senior officials from all relevant Divisions in my Department, and the Secretary General, to be briefed on and to discuss the latest developments regarding the Article 50 process and our ongoing preparations for Brexit.  The Permanent Representation to the EU and the Embassy London take part by video link. In addition, I meet or talk to officials virtually every day to prepare for my very large number of Brexit-related engagements, and to assess developments.  I also of course receive numerous reports and other papers from our Embassies and from officials at Headquarters.