Irish premier to lobby compatriots in Britain to vote to stay in EU

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny plans to visit Britain on Thursday to champion Irish communities to vote in favour of staying in the European Union in next week's referendum.

Kenny plans to discuss the benefits of remaining an EU member state with his compatriots in the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, national broadcaster RTE reported.

With approximately half a million first-generation Irish living in Britain, according to Irish4Europe, a campaign in favour of remaining a member, Irish communities could potentially sway the vote.

British-based Irish citizens, along with those from Malta and Cyprus, can vote in the referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU or remain a member. Citizens of other EU nations who are resident in Britain are not allowed to vote. The vote is on June 23.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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