Minister of State Murphy visits Norway
Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD, today begins a visit to Norway.
The visit is taking place as part of the Government's programme of engagement with key partners, in advance of the UK triggering Article 50, which is expected by the end of March at the latest, and the beginning of the Brexit negotiations.
As a member of the European Economic Area, Norway is an important partner for Ireland and for the European Union and shares a close interest in the UK’s exit from the EU and its future relationship with the Union.
Speaking before his departure, the Minister said:
“I welcome this opportunity to travel to Norway to explain Ireland’s priorities on Brexit to an important partner.
“Norway’s close integration with the European Union as a member of the EEA means that it shares many of the challenges posed by Brexit. I look forward to hearing their perspective in more detail, while also setting out the unique concerns and priorities of Ireland: mitigating the impact on our economy; protecting the gains of the peace process in Northern Ireland; maintaining the Common Travel Area and; securing the future of the EU with Ireland at its heart.
“My visit will also afford a welcome opportunity to discuss our wider political and economic relations as well as to learn more about Norway’s priorities for its cooperation with the EU.”