English says calm heads needed in wake of Brexit vote

European issues

Tuesday, 28th June 2016

Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Meath West Fine Gael
T.D. Damien English has called for calm heads in the wake of the
Brexit vote.

“We need calm heads at this time. The departure of the United Kingdom
from the European Union will take at least 2 years once Article 50 of
the Lisbon Treaty is invoked. Prime Minister Cameron has indicated he
will not invoke it, and will wait for his successor to do so once he
steps down by October. So the first message and most important message
is that there is no immediate change” Minister English said.

“Naturally, we in Ireland must defend Irish interests.  The Taoiseach
has made it very clear that we will be in the room fighting for the
best deal possible for Ireland, both North and South.  I believe the
UK’s departure must be worked out in a calm, ordered way, and in a
pragmatic way.  Now is not the the time for punishment or point

“I believe that all Irish state agencies should now gear up for a
major marketing push for Irish exports, and push Ireland heavily as an
investment location of choice, to take advantage of business
opportunities now possible with the UK’s intended departure. In my
role as Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal I shall be working
closely with my colleague MInister Simon Coveney to ensure our housing
situation, construction sector and high quality office space sector
are capable of meeting this potential new demand.

“Finally, it is very important to note that the European Union is the
biggest and most successful peace project in history.  Western Europe
has not known war for over 70 years now.  Our prosperity rests on this
fact. Politicians of the centre in Ireland, the UK and Europe must
work harder than ever to make sure the progress of the last 70 years
is not lost to a narrow type of nationalism, or extremes of the left
or right wing” concluded Minister English.

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