Northern Ireland must have EU designated status: Sinn Fein's Hazzard tells Brexit meeting
Northern Ireland must have special designated status in the EU when the UK makes its departure.
That was the message given to Theresa May at the joint ministerial meeting in London on Thursday.
Northern Ireland's Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Junior Minister Alastair Ross travelled to London for a meeting with Brexit Secretary David Davis to discuss the forthcoming exit alongside their Welsh and Scottish counterparts.
They were expected to discuss Prime Minister Theresa May's speech which she delivered earlier this outlining key objectives for Brexit.
However, it was reported there were heated exchanges at the meeting with Sinn Fein saying they will consider taking part in future meetings.
Chris Hazzard called for Northern Ireland to have "special designated status" within the EU.
He also said the devolved administrations have been treated with contempt and disdain over their involvement in the plans for the impending divorce with the EU.
Meanwhile Taoiseach Enda Kenny has met with Prime Minister May in Davos.
The pair had a 10 minute conversation at a traditional Swiss restaurant in the alpine town.
Their conversation took place ahead of Thursday's keynote address by Mrs May to the 47th annual World Economic Forum.
In her speech, Mrs May pledged that Britain will be the world's strongest advocate of business, free markets and free trade - and will be "open for business" after Brexit
Heated exchanges at Joint ministerial meeting in London. Brexit minister David Davies meeting with reps from the devolved administrations— Tracey Magee (@Tracey_utv) January 19, 2017
SF source describes Brexit mtg in London with David Davis as heated & devolved areas feel they have been treated with contempt & disdain— Mark Devenport (@markdevenport) January 19, 2017
Chris Hazzard tells Brexit meeting the devolved administrations have been treated with contempt and disdain because of PM speech in advance— Tracey Magee (@Tracey_utv) January 19, 2017
SF tells Brexit meeing in London that Northern Ireland must have a special designated status position within EU— Tracey Magee (@Tracey_utv) January 19, 2017
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