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Irish government to appeal to nationals living in Britain to oppose Brexit

Enda Kenny will urge Irish communities in Britain to vote for UK to remain in EU. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE Irish government has said it will start speaking with Irish communities in Britain to encourage the UK to remain in the EU.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would not lecture the British, but go straight to its own citizens who are all eligible to vote in the referendum.

British ex-patriots living in the Republic have until Monday to register online for a postal vote in the referendum.

They require a passport and national insurance number and are entitled to vote if they have been registered to vote in the UK at some point during the last 15 years.

It is understood that ministers will travel to the Great Britain in the weeks ahead of the socalled `Brexit' vote on 23 June as campaigning intensifies on both sides.

Mr Kenny, revealed his government's strategy while speaking during a debate in Dublin organised by the Bloomberg finance an media company.

He warned that if the UK left the EU it would result in extra "bureaucracy and extra red tape" and would damage the Republic economically.

The Taoiseach said whatever new arrangements were put in place between the Republic and the rest of the UK - including Northern Ireland - would be worse than existing rules governing free trade and a common travel area.

"We can argue all day about what alternative arrangements could be put in place after a Brexit and how long that would take, but no alternative arrangement will be better than the one we have: a single market and seamless flows of goods, services, capital and people," he said.

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