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Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan urges Ireland to keep distance from UK on Brexit

"The UK can be expected to argue strongly, if regrettably at times incoherently, for its own interests in a European Union which it has shunned.

"It would be a fundamental error on our part to place an excessive reliance on our bilateral relationship with the UK as the best means of ensuring that Ireland's strategic interests are best protected in the Brexit discussions," he added.

The commissioner said that while nobody in Ireland desired Brexit, it was now a reality that we had to face.

"Unwittingly Brexit may be presenting Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a sovereign state. It will force us to forge relations and shape our destiny within the EU without the presence of our nearest and strongest ally since 1973

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