DUP leader delivers Brexit message at Killarney conference

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party puts forward a nuanced vision of the future of these Isles at a recent Killarney conference. Could the “nordic” model, where close co-operation exists between countries, some of which are inside, and some of which are outside the EU work in the case of the UK and Republic of Ireland? Is there a greater future for the British-Irish Council? Do our common institutions, the North-South institutions, but also crucially the East-West dimension, such as the Common Travel Area and other harmonising strategies be the way forward for these islands, our common home in the north Atlantic?

“Whilst the referendum was a vote by the British people, the ripples that flow from the referendum result will be far reaching with long-term implications for people well beyond the shores of the United Kingdom. And I appreciate and understand that nowhere will be more impacted by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union than Ireland.”

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Joining the Commonwealth would help address the Brexit conundrum

writes Dan O’Brien, Irish Independent, 29 Oct 2017.

Underpinning Irish foreign policy is a belief in an open, free-trading world supported by international institutions with solid rules-based foundations. The concrete expression of this posture is membership of a whole array of international organisations.

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