A Clare election candidate insists the EU’s Brexit negotiators will have to hold their own in a game of bluff over the next 11 months.
The United Kingdom officially leaves the EU as of tonight, which will kickstart a period of transition until the end of this year, during which time the finer details will be ironed out.
And then there were 27.
As of 11 o’clock Irish time tonight, our nearest neighbours will officially no longer be members of the European Union, following a tumultuous two-and-a-half years since the UK voted to leave.
From now, the EU and the UK will enter an 11 month transition process, during which time it’s hoped agreements on the likes of trade will be struck.
Outgoing Clare Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley says both sides will be ready for tough talks.
Once the UK officially leaves, Fine Gael Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune and Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews can officially take up their “cold storage” EU parliament seats that they won in last May’s election.
MEP Clune’s party colleague in Brussels, however, is now warning against allowing Brexit fatigue take over.
Fine Gael’s Seán Kelly says the work is far from done.