Taoiseach says border "issue" must wait until British PM is in place

Speaking as he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin...

Taoiseach says border "issue" must wait until British PM is in place

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny leave a news conference after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has declared that Ireland does not want "to see a European border running from Dundalk to Derry" in a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today.

Meeting with Merkel to discuss what Brexit means for Ireland's "unique relationship" with the United Kingdom in Berlin, he did stress, however, that nothing could be decided until Theresa May is confirmed as the new British Prime Minister. 

Kenny said:

"In respect of the border, there's an issue here. I pointed this out when I was over in Northern Ireland and when I was in Liverpool and Manchester, to Irish communities.

"We don't want to see a European border running from Dundalk to Derry. But there are implications for goods moving from a European country to a non-European country."

Speaking of the current political situation in the UK, Kenny noted:

"The fact that the British Prime Minister is to be elected tomorrow has expedited the situation somewhat and I think that's good.

"But it does mean that obviously you can't really come with a set of propositions or proposals from a European point of view until it's clear what the strategy from Britain will be."

He revealed that the issues Ireland faces in light of a Brexit were central to today's talks:

"The common travel area, the peace process and that being continued – where we should remember that Europe has €3bn on the table between here and 2020 for dealing with peace and reconciliation measures. And also the question of an open border."

The German Chancellor said she couldn't guarantee Ireland won't be adversely affected by Brexit.

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