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Brexit Response

On the 23rd of June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, commonly referred to as ‘Brexit’. On 29 March 2017, Prime Minister May formally notified the EU of the UK’s intention to leave – the so-called triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. From this point, the EU and the UK have a time-frame of two years to come to a withdrawal agreement. After two years have elapsed, membership ends automatically, unless the European Council and the UK unanimously agree to extend this period.

Ireland is the EU Member State that will be most affected by the UK’s decision. As a government, we were acutely conscious of the risks posed by the Brexit referendum. Prior to the vote, Departments right across Government, under the Taoiseach’s direction, prepared contingency measures so that Ireland would be prepared for a vote by the UK to exit the EU. This allowed the Government to adopt, on the day of the referendum result, a Contingency Framework identifying key policy issues to be managed by Government Departments arising from the referendum vote in the UK to leave the EU. Since then, an enormous programme of work has taken place across government accompanied by an intensive programme of diplomacy. Our core priorities have been identified and disseminated throughout the EU. By the time Article 50 was triggered, over 390 engagements had taken place at ministerial or official level with our 26 other EU partners, as well as a series of engagements with the UK Government.

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Public Meetings and Civic Dialogues

10
Apr
2017

Clane Public Meeting

10
Apr
2017

Portlaoise Public Meeting

31
Mar
2017

Nenagh Public Meeting

27
Mar
2017

Navan Public Meeting

08
Mar
2017

Tallaght Public Meeting

06
Mar
2017

Killiney Public Meeting

02
Mar
2017

Limerick Public Meeting

17
Feb
2017

Ballina Breakfast Briefing

17
Feb
2017

2nd All-Island Civic Dialogue

13
Feb
2017

Galway Public Meeting

13
Feb
2017

Cork Public Meeting

10
Feb
2017

Sligo Public Meeting

26
Jan
2017

Kiltegan Public Meeting

19
Jan
2017

Mullingar Public Meeting

19
Jan
2017

Drogheda Public Meeting

28
Nov
2016

Malahide Public Meeting

18
Nov
2016

Monaghan Public Meeting

17
Nov
2016

Rathfarnham Public Meeting

02
Nov
2016

1st All-Island Civic Dialogue, RHK

17
Oct
2016

Kildare Public Meeting

26
Sep
2016

Carlow Public Meeting

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