This afternoon the Prime Minister welcomed Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Number 10. They discussed the political situation in Northern Ireland, reaffirming their commitment to the devolved political institutions and noting the importance of a rapid conclusion to the current cross party talks. Ahead of the Valletta EU/Africa Summit on Wednesday, the Prime Minister and Taoiseach shared concerns about the situation in Syria and the migration crisis.
On Britain’s renegotiation of its relationship with the EU, the Prime Minister reiterated the areas in which the UK is seeking change – sovereignty, economic governance, competitiveness and migration/welfare. The Taoiseach confirmed that it was in Ireland’s interest and the EU’s interest that Britain remains a member of the EU and confirmed that Ireland would be as supportive and as constructive as possible in these negotiations. The Prime Minister thanked him for his support.