Ireland’s special position on Brexit highlighted by MEPs– Harkin

April 5, 2017

The special position of Ireland was referred to several times during this morning’s European Parliament debate on Brexit. The Parliament’s political groups set out their Brexit priorities during the debate. The chair of the European People’s Party the EPP, which is the Parliament’s biggest group, told MEPs the avoidance of a hard border in Ireland was a priority. The Independent MEP Marian Harkin emphasised the references to Ireland that have been made in the European Parliament’s document on Brexit.

Out words: fine words

Dur: 00:33

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Guy Verhofstadt on Brexit

April 5, 2017

Full clip of the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt on Brexit debate in the European Parliament this morning. 

Out words: colleagues…ENDS WITH CLAPPING

Dur: 8:10

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Brexit ‘sad and regrettable’ – Verhofstadt

April 5, 2017

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told MEPs this morning that Britain’s relationship with Europe was never easy. He said it was never a love affair but more a marriage of convenience. During this morning’s Brexit debate, leaders from all sides of the political spectrum aired their views on it. Mr Verhofstadt spoke about a future when Britain might re-join the EU.

Out words: of hand

Dur: 00:32

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“We don’t have to drink French wine” – Farage tells EP

April 5, 2017

The European Parliament has been holding a heated debate on Brexit this morning in Strasbourg. During the debate the chair of the Parliament’s biggest political group the EPP, told MEPs that the avoidance of a hard border in Ireland was going to be a key priority during the negotiations. And Nigel Farage, the former leader of UKIP accused the EU of behaving like the Mafia and gangsters. He slammed the EU for imposing tough Brexit negotiating conditions on the UK.

Out words: your companies

Dur: 00:43

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Farage accuses EU of behaving like the mafia & gangsters

April 5, 2017

The former leader of the UK Independence Party UKIP has accused the EU of behaving like gangsters. During a debate on Brexit in the European Parliament this morning Nigel Farage told MEPs that Britain believes in national self-determination. And he slammed the EU for demanding that Britain not discuss any potential trade deals with any other country until it leaves the EU.

Out words: ransom note

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Avoidance of hard border in Ireland a key priority – EPP chair European Parliament

April 5, 2017

The head of the biggest political group in the European Parliament has told MEPs this morning that the avoidance of a hard border in Ireland will be a key priority in the Brexit negotiations. Manfred Weber who is the chairman of the European People’s Party in the Parliament, said that Ireland’s interests are also Europe’s interests.

Out words: our Union

Dur: 00:23

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Scrutiny of ‘Football Pitch’ sized Super-trawlers inadequate – Ni Riada

April 4, 2017

The Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada is warning the current system to monitor Super-trawlers in Irish waters is grossly inadequate. The Ireland South MEP says these huge fishing vessels are not being properly monitored or regulated. And that they’re hovering up vast quantities of fish without giving any added value to the Irish economy 

Out words: the radar

Dur: 00:37

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Former GAA president pays tribute to ‘Gooch’ Cooper – Kelly

April 4, 2017

The former president of the GAA Sean Kelly has paid tribute to Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper who has announced his retirement from Gaelic football. Mr Kelly, who is now a Fine Gael MEP, coached Colm when he was going to school in St. Brendan’s College in Killarney.

Out words: he treasures

Dur: 00:40

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‘Gooch’ stood out from the rest says former coach – Kelly

April 4, 2017

A former coach of Colm, ‘Gooch’ Cooper says the talented footballer stood out from the crowd when he was teaching him as a young fella. The former president of the GAA Sean Kelly coached Colm when he was a student at St. Brendan’s College in Killarney. He says that when the Gooch was on your team you knew that you were going to get three or four points that no one else could get.

Out words: second to none

Dur: 00:33

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‘Level playing pitch’ needed for smaller fishing vessels – Ni Riada

April 4, 2017

The EU needs to create fairer rules for fishermen who use small fishing vessels. So says the Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada. The Ireland South MEP was speaking in the European Parliament which last night debated the lack of rules governing the size of fishing vessels in the EU. MEPs say the same common fishing rules currently apply to all boats regardless of their size. Liadh Ni Riada says a fairer vessel classification system is needed. 

Out words: fighting chance

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