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Looking after Ireland’s interests as Brexit approaches

Posted March 10th, 2017

FOLLOWING on from our latest trip to Brussels (here), I was in London again last week, where I met with key figures in business to outline Ireland’s preparations for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Following a City of London Corporation round-table discussion on the implications of Brexit for financial services in northern Europe, I touched base with the Irish International Business Network. Later, I held a number of bilateral meetings with IDA clients.

In an interview with Matheson.com, I explained why Ireland, as an English-speaking, common law jurisdiction with access to the single market, is the natural location of choice for financial services companies seeking to relocate from London. I also outlined the work the Government is doing to facilitate companies in terms of infrastructure, such as office space, housing and schooling.

You can watch the interview here.

With the former Commissioner, Lord Jonathan Hill, I participated in an evening panel discussion with audience participation on key considerations as we approach the invocation of Article 50 and the beginning of negotiations.