Ireland should not suffer from decision it didn't make - Donald Tusk on Brexit impact

The European Council met Enda Kenny in Dublin

Ireland should not suffer from decision it didn't make - Donald Tusk on Brexit impact

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) with President of the European Council Donald Tusk at Government Buildings in Dublin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

Britain's withdrawal from the EU is a disorientating prospect for Ireland, according to the president of the European Council.

Speaking in Dublin today, Donald Tusk said he wanted to work with Irish authorities to ensure the country does not suffer from a decision it did not make.

He said the 'Leave' vote by Britain will have big implications for the relationship with Northern Ireland.

Mr Tusk is holding a series of meetings with leaders ahead of an informal summit of 27 EU heads of state and government in Bratislava later this month.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has not been invited to the summit, which will focus on EU development and "further reforms".

Speaking after a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mr Tusk said he recognised the importance of the Brexit decision.

"I know that Brexit is a very disorientating prospect for Ireland," he said. 

"You are a committed EU member - sooner or later, your biggest trading partner and the country with which you share a long history will not be.

"The Taoiseach and I are working together closely to ensure that your country does not suffer from a decision that it didn't make."