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BIPA Plenary opens in Warwickshire with focus on Brexit and UK-Irish relations

59th Plenary took place 21-22 October

22 October 2019

The 59th Plenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly opened today, with addresses from speakers including Robin Walker, Emily Thornberry, Christopher Pincher and Michael Russel.

The Plenary agreed two reports:

 

 

British Co-Chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, Andrew Rosindell MP said:

“Today, the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly truly showed its value. We heard presentations from representatives of the UK Government, Official Opposition, Scottish Government, and the Irish Ambassador who each gave a valuable insight into the current state of Brexit and how it should proceed. While of course each member of BIPA will have a different opinion on what they have heard, they will certainly have come away with a better understanding of the differing perspectives of fellow members. That is why we are here today, not to develop a uniform opinion, but to ensure that irrespective of the outcome of Brexit we work hard to maintain strong relations between the UK, Ireland and Crown Dependencies.”

Irish Co-Chair, Sean Crowe TD, said:

“The updates we received throughout the first day of the Plenary regarding Brexit, and the opportunity for all members to engage on this very important topic were invaluable. Today’s British Irish Parliamentary Assembly underlined the importance and influence of the Assembly. At the heart of everything we do is to promote co-operation between political representatives in Britain and Ireland for the benefit of the people we all represent. We saw this in the Reports which were discussed regarding revitalising the High Street and also the discussion around illicit trade. Clearly there are challenges, and it is important that these topics are discussed locally in parliaments and practical suggestions come back from individual jurisdictions.”


ENDS.

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