In a speech to the European Parliament this week, the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator said: "Theresa May made a commitment on behalf of the British government, the whole British government. It is now for us to decide if this result is sufficient to open – based on certain conditions – the second phase of negotiations. If your resolution is positive, and if the European Council on Friday also accepts that there has been sufficient progress, then I will begin – on your behalf – working on the formal drafting of the Withdrawal Agreement. And we can do this quite quickly, on the basis of the Joint Report in particular."
Mr Barnier went on to say: "Ireland will form part of its own specific strand in the negotiations. Each assuming their responsibility, we need to find specific solutions for the unique situation of the island of Ireland."
See below for the full text of his speech.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics spoke to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs today.
In his speech the Commissioner said: "Ireland is investing in education, with a new impetus in terms of public spending for the sector and a very promising 2018 budget for education and training. It also intends to focus more on educational infrastructure and higher capital expenditure, in particular with a view to attracting talent from Europe and the rest of the world. However, a number of challenges remain. They include the inclusion of disadvantaged students, the affordability of, and access to childcare, the long-term financial sustainability of third-level education and the ongoing reform of further education and training. The European Commission stands ready to help Irish authorities in their efforts to make Ireland's educational systems one of the best in Europe."
See below for the full text of the Commissioner's speech.
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