Taoiseach set for Brexit talks with Tusk

Ahead of an informal summit of EU leaders in mid-September...

Taoiseach set for Brexit talks with Tusk

President of the European Council Donald Tusk | Image: © European Union

European Council President Donald Tusk is set to visit Dublin next month for Brexit discussions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Tusk will meet Kenny before flying to London for talks with British Prime Minster Theresa May as part of a tour of  European capitals.

The trip comes ahead of an informal summit of EU leaders in Bratislava, Slovakia, on September 16th to discuss European reform in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

A European Council spokesman told the Irish Independent:

"Bratislava will be the start of a discussion among the 27 leaders to imagine how the EU should modify itself, reform
itself.

"What we've seen with Brexit will have an influence on what will be discussed and what the future of the EU will look like.

"We would like the meeting in Bratislava to focus on the schedule of the EU 27 and possible reforms.

"Prime Minister May will not attend this meeting, but it is difficult to think about the future of the EU 27 without
knowing the intentions of the UK government.

"In this context the President believes it is important to get more information from the UK government on the Brexit
situation."

In June, Tusk ruled out free EU trade access for the UK without also allowing freedom of movement. He said:

"There will be no single market a la carte."