Co-operation Ireland CEO in talks with Chief EU Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier

Co-operation Ireland CEO in talks with Chief EU Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier

Co-operation Ireland CEO in talks with Chief EU Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier

Over the past months, Co-operation Ireland has been involved in high-level discussions around the impact of Brexit.

Whilst the Board of Co-operation Ireland chose to take a neutral position on the referendum with some members for and against, the Board did agree the following:

  1. The importance of strengthening and deepening British/Irish relationships
  2. Protecting the Peace Process
  3. Maintaining the common travel area
  4. Minimising the impact on the border – keeping the border as invisible as possible
  5. Avoiding economic isolation in the border region.

Chief Executive Peter Sheridan has recently given evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee meeting and two Oireachtas Committee meetings.

On 11 May 2017, Peter met with European Union Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier, who was addressing a joint session of the Irish Parliament. Barnier reiterated the bloc's position that peace in Ireland remains the priority on any border agreement.