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Minister Flanagan convenes meeting of the Export Trade Council (ETC) to discuss the UK Referendum

ETC comprises Ministers, State Agencies, Employers’ Representatives & Private Sector Members

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will chair the 11th meeting of the Export Trade Council (ETC) this afternoon in Iveagh House.

As part of the Government’s approach to the UK referendum on EU membership, a key strategic issue for Ireland, Minister Flanagan will bring the Export Trade Council together to discuss the activities of members to date and the planning process for the weeks and months ahead.

Minister Flanagan has convened the ETC in its public sector and private sector formations in recent months to discuss the forthcoming UK referendum. All members of the ETC are expected to be represented at today’s meeting.

Speaking before the meeting, Minister Flanagan said:

“I have convened the Export Trade Council in various formats every month for the last few months and its membership – Ministers, State agencies and private sector representatives – has played a hugely valuable part in putting forward the Irish perspective in the UK referendum debate. Their work, including in relation to the current programme of ministerial visits in the UK, will continue to be important as we enter the final two weeks before the referendum”.

Recalling his visit to Liverpool and Manchester last week, when Minister Flanagan met directly with Irish and British companies and visited examples of Irish investments in the UK, he also said:

“From the trade union movement to the business community and across the political divide, there is a consensus that anything that might get in the way of a seamless flow of goods, services, capital and people between Ireland and Britain would be extremely unwelcome.
“I saw first-hand the potential for growing even further the trade links between Ireland and every region of Britain. We want to see both of our economies continuing to flourish, to the benefit of all”

Press Office
8 June 2016