Minister Flanagan: Triggering Brexit still a "bad decision"

Speaking on Newstalk Drive, he was critical of the media coverage surrounding Enda Kenny's future

Minister Flanagan: Triggering Brexit still a "bad decision"

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Britain triggering Brexit next week is "exactly what we were expecting".

However, Minister Flanagan claimed that the country's move to leave the European Union is still a "bad decision".

Speaking on Newstalk Drive, Minister Flanagan said we need to look out for our own interests during the Brexit negotiations.

"We've got to play with the cards as dealt to us to minimise the impact on trade in the Irish economy, to protect the Northern Ireland peace process, to maintain the common travel area between the UK and Ireland, and the future direction of the EU," he said.

It was revealed earlier that Article 50 will be set in motion on March 29th.

Leadership question

When asked his position on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's timeline for stepping down from Fine Gael, Minister Flanagan called the coverage of the issue a "media frenzy".

"They'll get that clarity in the Taoiseach's own time," he said. "I would expect he would be referring to that in the next ten days or so.

"There's a bit of a media frenzy about this, and I think we all need to calm down now."