MEP Deirdre Clune is ‘left in limbo’ amid Brexit delays

MEP Deirdre Clune is ‘left in limbo’ amid Brexit delays
Deirdre Clune, MEP cannot take up her seat in the parliament until the UK leaves. Picture: Jim Coughlan

CORK MEP Deirdre Clune has voiced her frustration at not being able to take her place in the European Parliament due to the Brexit impasse.

On Friday, European Union ambassadors postponed a decision on how long to delay the UK’s departure from the EU.

It was envisaged that the UK would leave on October 31.

Ms Clune, a sitting Fine Gael MEP re-elected in the Ireland South constituency, was due to take the seat she won in May when the UK left the EU, along with Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews.

However, the date for the UK leaving the EU looks set to be extended beyond the end of October.

Both Ms Clune and Mr Andrews say they are in limbo until a date is confirmed.

The elections were conducted with an extra seat in the South and Dublin constituencies, but the winners of those two seats cannot take their place in parliament until the British MEPs leave.

Ms Clune won the last seat in the Ireland South constituency following several days of recounts.

“Back in May, we thought we would be good to go in October but all we can do is wait,” she said.

“It remains to be seen if there will be a general election in the UK as well.

“It is an unprecedented situation,” she added.

“It feels like being in limbo because you have been declared elected but you can’t take up your seat and now we are still not sure when exactly we can take them,” said Ms Clune.

“There is no point getting uptight or annoyed about things that are totally out of my control.

“There is a new commissioner coming in November and that is when the real work begins.

“There are 27 people in this situation around the EU waiting to take up a position so we’re all in the same boat.”

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