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Michel Barnier - speech on Ireland and Brexit

1 October 2017


In his speech in Brussels on the occasion of the publication of the Guiding Principles for the Dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland (see below), the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said: "The European Council and the European Parliament have recognised the unique situation and the specific circumstances on the island of Ireland. I see this specific situation as a special responsibility.

  • First, the responsibility to preserve the peace process and the gains of the Good Friday Agreement, in all its parts.

  • Secondly, the responsibility to maintain the Common Travel Area.

  • Thirdly, the responsibility to avoid the return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland."

    Mr Barnier's full speech is available here.

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