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Brexit impact dominates BIC summit

Chief Minister Allan Bell CBE MHK and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

Jitters shared over EU referendum

The impact of a vote to leave the EU on the UK and Crown Dependencies has been top of the agenda at today's British Irish Council meeting.

Chief Minister Allan Bell led a Manx delegation to the summit in Scotland, which was attended by leaders from the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jersey and Guernsey.

Mr Bell said says the distinct possibility of a UK Brexit in next week's referendum, dominated formal discussions and side meetings.

He says the consequences of severing links with the EU are far from clear - and BIC members are preparing to step into wholly uncharted territory:

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