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"Early bilateral discussions" between Dublin and London on Britain's vote to leave the European Union will focus on Northern Ireland, the border and the common travel area, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told the Irish Parliament.

"We will continue to work urgently and intensively with the British government and the Northern Ireland Executive to see how, collectively, we can ensure that the gains of the last two decades are fully protected in whatever post-exit arrangements are negotiated," Kenny said.

There are particular concerns about the potential reintroduction of a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, as controls have been removed gradually since the 1998 peace agreement.

"All three administrations share the common objective of wanting to preserve the common travel area and an open border on the island of Ireland," Kenny said.

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