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'Sensible and practical solution required', says Lord Mayor

'Sensible and practical solution required', says Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson with Helen McEntee, the Republic's Minister for European Affairs.

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A  “SENSIBLE and practical solution” is required with the EU in order to ensure cross-border drivers will not face “any potential burdensome requirements”, says Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson.

The DUP member was speaking after attending a special meeting of the East Border Region which held a Brexit engagement programme last Tuesday.

The event brought together mayors, chairpersons and chief executives of border region councils, and it welcomed Republic of Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee for a discussion on the border and the impact of Brexit.

The Lord Mayor said he used the meeting as an “opportunity to relay the message that solutions must be, and ultimately will be found, to ensure the UK leaves the EU in a way that ensures Northern Ireland continues to enjoy unfettered and solid links with the rest of the UK as an integral part of the UK”.

Alderman Wilson continued; “I urged Minister McEntee to ensure the Republic’s government plays a pragmatic and constructive part in the Brexit process given their own trade reliance on the UK, I stressed the importance of measured debate and language especially in the Northern Ireland context.

“In my contribution I raised the issue of driver licensing and the necessity to ensure that a sensible and practical solution is reached with the EU to remove any potential burdensome requirements on licensing for cross border drivers given the huge volume of cross border journeys that happen each day. The Minister took on board my points of view and understood my concerns and all in all I found it a useful engagement.”

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