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Live Irish Parliament - Michel Barnier

Live coverage of the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addressing a joint session of the Irish Houses of Parliament in Dublin.


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SPEAKS IN GAELIC. On behalf of myself I wish to welcome the both

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houses to Michel Barnier, who is the chief negotiator of the task force

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for the preparation and conduct for conduct of negotiations with the

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yiepg. United Kingdom. I invite Mr Barnier to take his seat in the

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chamber. SPEAKS IN FRENCH. The decision by

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the United Kingdom last year to withdraw from the European Union

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will have a profound effect on Europe and on its citizens. But it

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also raises specific and important issues that are unique to Ireland.

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For instance, concerns have been raised about its impact on Northern

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Ireland and the peace process. As well as its impact on the common

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travel area between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Since the formal

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notify xags -- notification of the UK's intention to withdraw,

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preparations for the start of negotiations have intensified. As

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members will be aware. The European council agreed guidelines for the

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first phase of negotiations on 29th April this year and last week the

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European Commission published its draft negotiating directives. Our

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exchange of views therefore is timely and we hope that it will

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contribute to the preparations for the negotiations. Let me also say

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that I firmly believe that today's sitting demonstrates how national

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Parliaments can contribute effectively to public debate on

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matters of concern to the union. Which of course is one of principles

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of article 12 of the treaty. We are conscious of the very challenging

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road ahead. We wish you and your task force well in your work and it

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is our hope that an agreement can be reached which protects the

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principles of the union and the interests of the member states,

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whilst maintaining a strong relationship with the United

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Kingdom. And with those few thoughts, may I invite you to

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address our sitting? Dear speakers, thank you very much

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Mr Speaker for your kind words and congratulations for your perfect

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French! Dear speakers, Taoiseach, members of the Houses, I'm very

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happy and honoured to address both Houses and to greet you as

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representative of the people of Ireland in all your political

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diversity. I take this honour as a responsibility. The responsibility

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to listen to all those who will be affected by the decision of UK to

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leave the European Union. The responsibility to listen to your

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concerns, build our positions together, negotiate in our common

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interest.

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