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53RD PLENARY TO TAKE PLACE IN CARDIFF 28-29 NOVEMBER


The impact of Brexit on relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom will form the central theme of the 53rd plenary meeting of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, which meets in Cardiff on 28 and 29 November.

On Monday 28 November, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will open the session and there will be addresses by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Robin Walker, Minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union, Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the UK, and Lord Whitty, chair of the House of Lords EU Internal Trade Sub-Committee.

On Tuesday 29 November there will be a panel discussion on health systems in the UK and Ireland with speakers Dr Brian Turner of University College Cork and Tim Gardner of The Health Foundation; and a presentation on the youth engagement work of the National Assembly for Wales. Youth representatives from the countries represented in BIPA will be present as observers at the plenary meeting.

British Co-chair Laurence Robertson MP commented:
“We are pleased to welcome members of BIPA to Cardiff at such a crucial time in UK-Irish relations. As the UK begins the process of leaving the EU, developing and understanding a new relationship with Ireland must be a priority. We have many issues to discuss including the border, trade and security and I look forward to hearing the perspectives of colleagues from my counterparts in the Oireachtas, and in the UK’s devolved institutions.”

Irish Co-Chair Kathleen Funchion TD commented:
“The Irish Members of BIPA welcome the opportunity to come together with our colleagues from across the islands to discuss a range of pivotal issues. In an uncertain political climate, Brexit will form the cornerstone of our discussions as we seek to strengthen the bonds of cooperation BIPA has built between us. In particular, the unique relationship and ties that exist between Britain and Ireland must be nurtured in the uncertain times ahead.”

 

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The Assembly’s mission is to promote co-operation between political representatives in Britain and Ireland for the benefit of the people they represent. BIPA’s membership includes representatives from the UK Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas, the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Assembly, the High Court of Tynwald (Isle of Man) and the States of Guernsey and Jersey.


Media enquiries and accreditation requests to:
Dublin: Nuala Walsh (+353) 86 410 0898 / nuala.walsh@oireachtas.ie
London: George Perry + 0044 783 417 2099 / perryg@parliament.uk

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Follow the BIPA twitter channel for updates: @BritishIrishPA

Media enquiries to: 

Dublin: Nuala Walsh (+353) 86 410 0898

London: George Perry T:  + 0044 783 417 2099

 

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