Report: An Update on the Irish Perspective- with Émer Deane
It was another early breakfast meeting at the chamber, which saw us welcome back Brexit Director at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, Emer Deane, for a UK-EU Future Relations Committee event.
Looking at the size of the 585-page withdrawal agreement that was brought into the room after being released the week before, it was clear that there was a lot of important information to digest. Many of the key details were of course covered in the media, however, there were some small specifics that we were interested in discussing. Due to a high number of meetings, discussions and (most importantly) parliamentary votes due to take place in the coming weeks, our members were eager to hear what Ms Deane’s thoughts were on the progress that was being made.
Ms Deane was informative during her presentation and the Q & A. There were a number of questions posed, and topics covered included the major points of the withdrawal agreement, the Irish perspective on the agreement, backstops, border issues, what happens after the UK Parliament votes, citizens’ rights and the future relationship document.
Following the event, Matt Hinde, Future Relations Committee Co-Chair and Senior Vice-President at FleishmanHillard, was kind enough to provide an insight into his experience on the day “It was very useful to hear directly from the Member State with the most interest in a workable deal in the future, in order to give myself and FleishmanHillard a clear view of what might happen in the coming weeks and months. The British Chamber is essential in bringing key policymakers together with our members, creating a platform that allows business to have a clear view on the politics that are shaping the current environment.”
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Émer is the Director of the Brexit team in Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the EU. She has been in Brussels since 2015 and was responsible previously for Ireland’s relations with the EU Institutions, influencing to promote Ireland’s interests and values as well as policy and opportunity tracking for Ireland in the European Parliament and European Commission. Prior to that, she spent three years working on Northern Ireland matters notably as a senior member of Ireland’s negotiating team at the Stormont House Talks in Belfast in 2014. Émer has over 20 years’ experience in political and economic aspects of foreign affairs, including parliamentary relations, diplomatic and diaspora policy. She has served in Dublin, London, and as Ireland’s Consul General in San Francisco.