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Strengthening links between Scotland and Ireland

Published: 27 May 2019 15:08

First Minister meets Taoiseach in Dublin.

Scotland and Ireland share a long-standing history and it is vital that existing bonds are ‘strengthened not strained’ as the UK heads towards the EU exit, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.

The First Minister was speaking following a meeting with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to discuss the future of Scottish-Irish relations in the wake of continuing uncertainty about the UK’s future relationship with the EU. 

She said:

“Today’s visit, culminating in my meeting with the Taoiseach, highlighted the benefits of EU membership for Ireland and exactly what Scotland would miss out on if taken out of the EU against our will.

“Ireland is Scotland’s closest international trading partner and our fifth largest export market.  It is in the interest of both countries to ensure that we continue to work together and co-operate, not just on an economic level but also in dealing with similar challenges around political engagement.  This is exactly why we must strengthen, not strain these bonds.

“I also highlighted Scotland’s plans for a Citizens’ Assembly which will encourage people to make informed choices about the future of our country. 

“There is much common ground and much for us to learn from Ireland’s experience.”  

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