Brexit: Leaders from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to meet to discuss referendum

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Kenny hopes for a constructive discussion on the impact of the referendum (Source: Getty)

Political leaders from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are to meet today in Dublin to discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

The ministers will meet for the first time since the referendum, after concerns were raised on both sides of the border about the ramifications of the UK's historic vote.

The North South Ministerial Council meeting is also the first since the May local elections and the Irish general election, which was held in February.

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In Northern Ireland a number of politicians have urged a reunification referendum after a majority of the electorate backed Remain.

Like Scotland, Northern Ireland voted to Remain but was overruled by a majority in England and Wales that backed Leave.

Taoiseach Edna Kenny is expected to propose an island-wide forum to work on the common issues faced by the Brexit vote.

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"This plenary meeting will provide an opportunity for us to have a strategic and constructive discussion on the impact of the referendum for Northern Ireland and the all-island implications of the vote and how we are going to work together to protect the interests of all our citizens on the island of Ireland," local media reported him to have said ahead of the meeting.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams welcomed the suggestion.

However, any planning is somewhat limited as no formal talks on the UK's new relationship with Europe can start until Article 50 is triggered, an action Prime Minister David Cameron has ceded to his successor.

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