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‘BREXIT’ DEBATE OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSIONS ON EU REFORM – BROUGHAN

Today, during Statements in Dáil Éireann on UK/EU Relations, Deputy Broughan stated that while he is hopeful that the UK electorate choose to remain as part of the EU in their referendum on June 23rd, he also welcomes the opportunity for discussions on overall EU reform. It is widely believed that a ‘Brexit’ will have a detrimental impact on Ireland’s economy as a large proportion of our service and merchandise exports are to the UK (at 18% and 15% respectively), we have very high numbers of migratory flows between the two countries and over 90% of our imported energy products were from the UK in 2014 (totalling €6.5billion and equating to 3.6% of GDP). However, discussions around the UK’s membership of the EU has brought an opportunity for serious debate around reforms needed to increase the accountability of Europe and the role of MEPs in their own national parliaments.