Fianna Fáil’s Social Protection Spokesperson, Willie O’Dea TD will raise the threat to the Common Travel Area and reciprocal rights enjoyed by Irish and British citizens as a result of Brexit with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection today in the Dáil.

Deputy O’Dea will raise the matter as a new report suggests that the Common Travel Area would benefit from a reviewed and renewed legal framework to ensure that the current arrangements and benefits can continue to operate smoothly post Brexit.

“I will be raising this very issue with the Minister for Employment and Social Protection today to ascertain what her Department is doing to ensure that the current reciprocal arrangements between Ireland and the UK continue post Brexit.

“Furthermore, I will also question her on whether she believes the Common Travel Area needs to be underpinned by greater legal certainty as suggested by this report which is due to be presented today to a joint human rights committee.

“There are approximately 300,000 British citizens living in the Republic with nearly 900,000 Irish born citizens living in Great Britain. This is a critical issue and one that has the potential to have a significant impact on peoples’ daily lives.

“Citizens need certainty that the rights they currently enjoy under the CTA including reciprocal arrangements for social insurance schemes, social assistance schemes and child benefit between Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland, will continue post Brexit.

“Given the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the fact that we are only a few months away from the UK’s departure date from the EU, I hope that the Minister will be able to provide clarity on this issue and update the house on the work underway to safeguard these reciprocal arrangements whatever the outcome of Brexit,” concluded O’Dea.