Charlie Flanagan meets with Dutch foreign minister to discuss Brexit fallout

Minister Flanagan says Bert Koenders displayed "a wide degree of understanding" for Ireland's position

Charlie Flanagan meets with Dutch foreign minister to discuss Brexit fallout

Charlie Flanagan. Image: RollingNews.ie

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has met with his Dutch counterpart to discuss the implications of the British vote to leave the EU.

Bert Koenders met with Minister Flanagan in Dublin this evening.

In a statement issued after the talks, Minister Flanagan said: “I had a very good and productive meeting with my Dutch counterpart, Minister Bert Koenders, this evening. It was a timely opportunity, as we prepare for what will be a busy and challenging period ahead, to discuss with a key partner the implications of the UK decision to leave the EU.

“In the course of our discussions, I set out to Minister Koenders Ireland’s concerns about the impact the UK’s exit from the EU could have on the peace process, the border and the Common Travel Area, if not managed properly."

Minister Flanagan also observed that he has seen "a wide degree of understanding" for Ireland's position following the UK referendum, adding that "was again the case this evening".

As well as Brexit, the two ministers are also said to have discussed issues such as the humanitarian crisis in Syria and European relations with Turkey & Russia.