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Sinn Fein's Hazzard hits back at SDLP over Brexit referendum

By Noel McAdam

A Sinn Fein candidate who had been challenged over how he voted in the Brexit referendum has now clarified that he chose Remain.

It came after South Down MLA Sinead Bradley called on South Down candidate Chris Hazzard to state categorically what his position was on the Brexit referendum.

As pre-election hostilities grow between the two nationalist parties, Ms Bradley argued that Mr Hazzard had failed to vote in an Assembly debate to support 'special status' for Northern Ireland when the motion was defeated by the DUP by a single vote.

However, Mr Hazzard hit back, confirming that he had in fact voted Remain.

He said it was outrageous that Ms Bradley was attempting to misrepresent his position on Brexit. He added that he had been meeting the Secretary of State James Brokenshire at the time of the Assembly vote.

"I voted to Remain in the EU referendum," Mr Hazzard said. "My opposition to Brexit and support for special designated status standing up for the majority of voters of the North on this issue is a matter of public record."

Mr Hazzard also called on the SDLP's South Down candidate, Margaret Ritchie, to distance herself from her colleague's "opportunistic" comments.

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