Ireland needs clear position on EU budget in advance of Brexit negotiations

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has warned that Ireland must have a clear position on the EU Budget in advance of Brexit negotiations.

The Ireland South MEP made the comments ahead of negotiations due to get underway on Britain’s divorce bill in early June.

“Ireland became a net contributor to the EU budget in recent years and these negotiations will have a direct impact on the EU budget and funding streams into the future,” she said.

“The Irish Government needs to set out a clear position as to where our strategy is going to be once the talks on settling the divorce bill begin and the inevitable consequences on all current EU funding streams become apparent.

“No sector will escape from these talks unscathed. Agriculture is in serious jeopardy as is the fisheries sector, community and voluntary sector, rural Ireland, the border community and the arts community; all will be deeply exposed to the effects of whatever deal is reached.

“These effects translate to money and funding. The budget is simply going to have to be balanced. Therefore, it is only right and fair that all these groups and more should be invited into the Civic dialogue, have their say and help to frame our negotiating position in advance of the budget talks.”