Enda urges UK Irish to vote ‘Remain’

Enda urges UK Irish to vote ‘Remain’
25/01/2016 Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at Downing Street, London Photograph: Photocall Ireland / Malcolm McNally

Monday was the closing date to register online for a postal vote in next month’s referendum on British membership of the EU.

For those who registered their postal votes will be sent out between 23-27 May.

Irish citizens in this country are entitled to vote and the British government has been encouraging UK citizens in Ireland and further abroad to ensure they are registered to vote. British citizens in Ireland are entitled to vote if they have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said last week that ministers in his government will travel to Irish communities in this country to urge them to vote to stay in the EU and encourage and ask them to encourage their friends, neighbours and colleagues to do the same. He said 400,000 households in the UK and Ireland are supported by the trade between both countries.

“How would those household incomes fare under new trade arrangements if the UK left the EU? There are a myriad of different trading models that could be put in place

“Each of the alternatives would impede — not improve — trade flows,” he said.

“First and foremost, we want the UK to remain a part of a strong EU and work with us to make it better. Second, Ireland will remain a committed member of the EU, regardless of the outcome of the UK referendum. Third, we will preserve the strength of the British-Irish relationship that has been carefully fostered over the years,” he added.

Enda urges UK Irish to vote ‘Remain’

Meanwhile Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, who has paid for adverts urging voters to stay within the EU, said Britain leaving the EU is “far too serious for politicians to make spurious arguments”.

Britain could “not afford to stay outside the single market.” He said Ryanair would move some investment out of Britain if it votes to leave the European Union: “The longer term effect is we will invest less in the UK, we will certainly switch some of our existing UK investment into other European counties because we want to continue to invest in the European Union and it will be bad for air travel and British tourism.”

He said the “Remain” campaign should be cautious about warning of “apocalyptic scenarios” because although a period of extraordinary volatility would undoubtedly follow for up to a year, fundamental economics would then take over and sterling would recover. Ryanair is spending around €25,000 to run advertisements calling on its customers to vote to remain, and would step that up closer to the referendum date.

“Most of the contribution being made by Ryanair is through our email, our customer base, advocating a remain vote because we fundamentally believe it’s in the UK’s best interests to remain in Europe. Will Ryanair have any effect? I think not really,” he said.

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