Country Risk

High likelihood of snap election unlikely to have significant impact on Irish border component of Brexit negotiations

24 November 2017


Ireland’s main opposition Fianna Fáil (FF) party yesterday (23 November) expressed its intention to table a motion of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald over her supposed mishandling of a legal case involving a police whistleblower.

The ruling Fine Gael (FG) party has meanwhile unanimously voted to support Fitzgerald in an emergency party meeting. The no-confidence motion would contradict the “confidence and supply” agreement between the two parties reached after the inconclusive election in February 2016. The deal stipulated that FF would support an FG minority government until the 2019 budget, and would abstain from no-confidence motions against ministers.

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