Fianna Fáil Senator and Vice Chair of the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee, Terry Leyden, has called for a steady political arena as the Tánaiste briefed Committee Chairs ahead of the introduction of new legislation in preparation for Brexit.
Senator Leyden said: “My meeting with the Tánaiste, alongside other committee chairs, only doubled down the importance of a consistent political atmosphere in the weeks ahead as we prepare for the British withdrawal from the European Union.”
Explaining his reasoning for high-lighting the importance of the legislation, Senator Leyden said: “Listening to the Tánaiste detail the contents in the Bill, such as underpinning the Common Travel Area, the continued payment of 21 social protection payments such as illness benefit, old age pensions, child benefit, and allowing for SUSI grants to continue to be paid to Irish students studying in the UK. It is clear this is the most urgent piece of legislation we have seen in some time.
“This comprehensive Bill would not be passing through the Oireachtas if it were not for the leadership shown by Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin TD. While other parties would bring the government down at the first sign of a problem, while running away from legislative responsibilities in the north, my party have put the country first,” explained the Roscommon based Senator before he concluded by saying: “The Bill is significant and covers 93 sections, taking in almost every government department. It will allow a smooth transition to a post Brexit landscape and this is one we, as legislators, must provide.”
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