Ireland: ‘State Needs to Influence UK Opinion on Brexit’ – Micheál Martin

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Fianna Fáil leader claims Government has ‘put all of their eggs into the Barnier basket’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged the Government to talk directly to the British government about the implications of Brexit.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Martin criticised the response by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to the challenges arising from a UK exit from the European Union.

The Fianna Fáil leader said the Government had “put all of their eggs into the Barnier basket” referring to the European Union chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier.

Mr Martin said: “Obviously there is a formal issue about negotiating with the British government but we do need to be influencing British public opinion, it is already shifting.”

Revenue report

The Government this week published an internal report by Revenue assessing the impact of Brexit on Ireland. It began its work in June 2016 and was stopped in September 2016 at the request of the Government.