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Leaders to hold Brexit talks at British-Irish Council summit in Cardiff

Published 22/07/2016

The British Irish Council summit in the Welsh capital was called for by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The British Irish Council summit in the Welsh capital was called for by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Political leaders from across the British Isles will convene in Cardiff today for key talks about the EU referendum.

The British-Irish Council (BIC) summit in the Welsh capital was called for by Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones and will see officials discuss the implications of Brexit.

The meeting will be attended by leaders and ministers from the eight BIC member administrations: the UK and Irish Governments, the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Jones said: "I called for and convened this summit so leaders and ministers from across Britain and Ireland have the opportunity to discuss the fundamental changes that will be brought about by the result of the EU referendum.

"The council plays a unique and important role in developing positive relationships between its members.

"During this tumultuous time, it is more important than ever to maintain the strength of this relationship and work together to map out a successful way forward."

The BIC was established under the Belfast Agreement of 1998, which set out the basis for the Northern Ireland peace process.

The council develops links between the member administrations and provides a forum to exchange information and foster collaboration across the islands.

Among those at the meeting today will be Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire.

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