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IrelandClose post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future

14:55  09 may  2019
14:55  09 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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ENSURING close post - Brexit ties with the UK and action on tackling climate change are among Irish priorities as EU leaders meet today to REUTERS/Francois Lenoir British prime minister Theresa May is not attending the summit. Majority of Brits unwilling to cut back to fight climate change .

ENSURING close post - Brexit ties with the UK and action on tackling climate change are among Irish priorities as EU leaders meet today to discuss the future of Europe . Irish priorities are said to include ensuring the EU “maintains a close and comprehensive partnership” with the UK after Brexit.

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

ENSURING close post-Brexit ties with the UK and action on tackling climate change are among Irish priorities as EU leaders meet today to discuss the future of Europe.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Sibiu, Romania today for an informal summit of 27 EU leaders where Brexit is not on the agenda for a European Council meeting for perhaps the first time in almost three years.

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future © Catalyst mages European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir British prime minister Theresa May is not attending the summit.

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The European Union ( EU ) has agreed to extend the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020. Brexit - British exit - refers to the UK leaving the EU . This was designed to ensure there would be no border posts or barriers between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit . The revised plan effectively creates a customs and regulatory border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Close post - Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland ' s priorities as EU leaders plan Europe ' s future . We are convinced that climate change is the issue to focus on and we hope that you too will agree that it is time to use #YourPower to change climate .

The remaining EU leaders are to outline a strategy for the next five years.

Irish priorities are said to include ensuring the EU “maintains a close and comprehensive partnership” with the UK after Brexit.

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future © Catalyst mages Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and Defence Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir Deepening the EU single market and “making the EU a leader on climate action” are also on Ireland’s agenda, as is ensuring the views of EU citizens are “foremost in EU priorities”.

The European Commission has recommended that the EU’s strategy up to 2024 focuses on key areas including promoting peace, investing in the “technologies of tomorrow”, upholding the rule of law and fighting climate change.

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Brexit is the scheduled withdrawal of the United Kingdom ( UK ) from the European Union ( EU ). Following a June 2016 referendum, in which 51.9% voted to leave

The Brexit date has been delayed until 31 January 2020, but will a deal be passed by then? Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously said the UK would leave by 31 October "do or die". However, on 29 October they backed a short bill to change the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

Mr Varadkar attended a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) this morning along with leaders like Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austria’s Sebastian Kurz.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis welcomed them.

He hailed the importance of the summit to his country and noted that it was 30 years since the fall of Communism in Romania.

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future © Catalyst Images U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 8, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

The EPP is Fine Gael's sister party in the European Parliament.

While Mrs May is not attending the summit, the UK's Brexit secretary Steve Barclay did deliver a speech in Sibiu today.

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He said the meeting is an opportunity to “consider the sustainable future relationship between the UK and the EU”.

He spoke of the security threats facing the continent, the risk posed by climate change and economic challenges.

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future © Catalyst mages EU leaders prepare to pose for a family photo during the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Mr Barclay said: “These challenges we share are actually bigger than the issue of Brexit, they are more significant, more complex than the challenges we are looking at in the Brexit context.

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17, the prime minister and European Union negotiators announced that they had struck a draft deal, though it needs to clear several hurdles, including final Britain has been debating the pros and cons of membership in a European community of nations almost from the moment the idea was broached.

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“And they demand that we continue across Europe to work together in terms of our future relationship.”

Close post-Brexit ties with UK and fighting climate change are Ireland's priorities as EU leaders plan Europe's future © Catalyst mages EU leaders pose for a family photo during the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania, May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir He said his job title - Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union - “does not reveal what its real focus is, which is to help position the UK to meet its future challenges – and those challenges sit alongside and in common with those being addressed here in Sibiu.”

“We have always said we are not exiting Europe, but we share the same values, nor can we opt out of the challenges identified by the Commission leading up to this conference in terms of security, cyber and the environment.”

He said he looks forward to working with the EU as “the UK continues to be an active partner in meeting those challenges head on.”

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