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Ivana Bacik on Labour's #Brexit Campaign

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:53 AM

In June 2016, I was delighted to be appointed Labour Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs. Since then, I have been raising issues relevant to Brexit in the Seanad and in my capacity as a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This week, as the British government triggers Article 50, we in the Labour Party are publishing a detailed and comprehensive policy paper outlining the actions we believe are necessary on the part of the Irish government to face the challenges Brexit will present.

These wide-ranging actions cover Economic and Social Development, Labour and Employment Rights, securing our Trade Relations, Northern Ireland, the Common Travel Area, Regional Development, and possible Treaty Changes. As we face into a period of uncertainty over the negotiations around Brexit, Labour will call for a 'bespoke deal' for Northern Ireland, and will continue to work to maintain progress with the Peace Process and to ensure retention of the Common Travel Area.

We will also continue to work to develop the ‘Social Europe’ model based on protection of EU-guaranteed social, economic and equality rights, while campaigning for greater levels of democratisation, accountability and transparency within the EU institutions.

The Labour Party nationally has been running a series of meetings around the country which we kicked off last December with a very high profile event in the RIA.

 

 

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