Interview - Sean Kelly Calls on EU to Agree to Any Article 50 Extension

March 14, 2019

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly discusses the options open to Britain, ahead of votes this evening in the UK House of Commons on the extension of Article 50.

The Ireland South MEP tells Irish Journalist, Eamonn Torsney, he believes the EU should agree to any extension requests.

Out Words : to do so 

Dur: 3 mins 25 secs

Sean Kelly Urges EU to Agree Article 50 Extension to Avoid Crash Out Brexit

March 14, 2019

The EU should agree to any request from Britain to extend Article 50, in order to avoid the UK crashing out of the European Union in two weeks time.

That’s the message from Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly.

Earlier, the European Council President Donald Tusk said he would be appealing to the EU 27 leaders, ahead of a summit next week, to be open to a long extension.

British MPs will vote later on whether to delay Brexit beyond March 29th.

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says a number of options could be considered by the British government, in the event the EU agrees to more time:

Out Words : extension 

Dur: 26 secs

MEPs Back Resolution on Increased Ambition to Tackle Climate Change - Boylan

March 14, 2019

MEPs have backed a resolution calling on EU leaders to be more ambitious in their climate change targets.

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs indicated the EU needs to raise targets for cuts to emissions by 2030, in order to achieve the goal of net-zero green house gas emissions by 2050.

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan wants the Irish Government to advocate an increase of the EU’s climate targets in next week’s European Council Meeting.

The Dublin MEP says the EU Commission should improve on the commitments made as part of the Paris Agreement

Out Words : emissions reduction

Dur: 23 secs

EU Should Agree to Extend Article 50 - Kelly

March 14, 2019

Ireland South MEP, Sean Kelly, believes the EU should agree to extend Article 50 to allow British MPs adopt a workable position on Brexit.

His comments come as the President of the European Council says he would appeal to the EU 27 leaders, ahead of a summit next week, to be open to a long extension.

In a tweet, Donald Tusk says it should be considered if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy.

British MPs will later vote on whether to delay Brexit, after they ruled out a no-deal outcome last night.

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says an extension would allow time to focus minds in Britain.

Out Words : the time 

Dur: 30 secs

European Leaders Need to be Ambitious Over Climate Change - Boylan

March 14, 2019

European leaders are being called on to raise climate change ambition.

MEPs will today vote on a resolution in relation to the EU’s new 2050 Climate Strategy.

Climate activists from across Europe, including from Ireland, attended the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week, to voice their concerns over the issue.

Sinn Fein MEP for Dublin, Lynn Boylan says politicians need to act:

Out Words : behind 

Dur: of certainty: 29 secs

Extension to Article 50 Should Have A Purpose and Specific Time Period - McGuinness

March 14, 2019

A request from Britain to extend Article 50 should have a purpose and a specific time period, according to the Vice-President of the European Parliament.

It comes as British MPs face another vote today to decide whether the UK Government should look for a delay to Brexit beyond March 29th.

It’s in the wake of the vote last night in the House of Commons, which ruled out a no-deal Brexit.

MEP for Midlands North-West, Mairead McGuinness says an extension to Article 50 opens up the prospect of the UK taking part in the upcoming European Elections:

Out Words : them that

Dur: of certainty: 38 secs

Interview - Deirdre Clune Discusses Measures Backed by MEPs to Mitigate Impact of No-Deal Brexit

March 13, 2019

Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune discusses measures backed by the European Parliament, designed to avoid disorder and chaos in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

MEPs meeting in Strasbourg voted for the measures which cover areas such as road freight and air travel, as well as social security benefits.

Speaking to Irish Journalist Eamonn Torsney the Ireland South MEP says they will be in place for a limited time period in the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

Out Words : of 2019

Dur:  2 mins 23 secs

MEPs Back Measures to Limit Impact of No-Deal Brexit - Clune

March 13, 2019

The European Parliament has today backed measures aimed at mitigating the impact of a no-deal Brexit on European Citizens.

They give legal safeguards for a limited time period in a number of areas including,  basic air, road freight and bus services between the UK and EU.

They also ensure the continuation of European cross-border cohesion and cooperation programmes between the North and South of Ireland and Scotland.

Today's vote is also designed to ensure EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU 27, keep their social security benefits.

There are also measures to deal with fishing in EU and UK waters.

Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, says the measures are aimed to avoid disorder and chaos in the event Britain leaves the EU without a deal:

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DUR: 31 secs

Interview - Liadh Ni Riada Describes Prospect of No-Deal Brexit as Frightening

March 13, 2019

Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada describes the prospects of a no-deal Brexit as ‘frightening’ and says Ireland would suffer hugely if that was to materialise.

The Ireland South MEP says the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is having a disastrous impact on all sectors in Ireland.

Speaking to Irish journalist Eamonn Torsney, she says it’s time to talk about a United Ireland within the EU, as the uncertainty continues.

Out Words : do that

Dur: 5 mins 51 secs

Prospect of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit “Frightening” - Ni Riada

March 13, 2019

The prospect of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is frightening.

That's the view of Ireland South MEP Liadh Ni Riada.

Earlier, the British Government revealed the tariffs that would apply in the event the UK leaves the EU without agreement.

While the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michael Barnier, has told MEPs in Strasbourg that the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit has never been higher.

Sinn Fein’s Liadh Ni Riada says Ireland would suffer hugely if Britain crashed out of the EU by accident:

Out Words : the EU

Dur: 26 secs