Brexit would cause "serious difficulties" for Northern Ireland, Taoiseach says

Enda Kenny met with the British Prime Minister in London today

Brexit would cause "serious difficulties" for Northern Ireland, Taoiseach says

British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Enda Kenny give a press conference after their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

Enda Kenny has said a Brexit could bring serious problems for the future of Northern Ireland.

Speaking following a meeting with David Cameron at 10 Downing Street today, the Taoiseach said a British exit from the EU “would cause serious difficulties” for the North.

The Taoiseach says he doesn't want to see peace in Northern Ireland jeopardised.

“The guns are silent and this has taken a great deal of work from so many people over so many years. We should not put anything like that at risk.”

“From our perspective it would cause serious difficulties for Northern Ireland were that to happen – so I don’t want that to happen,” he added.

The British Prime Minister is currently working with the EU on four major issues aimed at securing reform of the mammoth body.

Mr Kenny told Mr Cameron he wants the UK to stay in the EU as“Europe will be much stronger with Britain as a central and fundamental member."

The Taoiseach said Ireland will support its neighbours in their attempts to negotiate reforms of the EU - there are currently four major changes that Cameron is looking for.

Enda Kenny believes the reforms can be made and everyone will benefit if Britain remains in Europe:

“You know our position in Ireland,” he said.

“Europe will be much stronger with Britain as a central and fundamental member, so it’s a vital issue for Europe, a vital issue for Britain, but it’s also a critical issue for Ireland.

“British business needs to make this point very positively, that we can be a stronger union, making changes that help everybody,” Mr Kenny said.

A British vote on EU membership could take place as soon as this summer. The Irish vote could prove significant, with some 350,000 Irish citizens currently resident in Britain and eligible to vote.