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May's grasp of NI border impresses freight boss

Seamus Leheny, regional manager of the Freight Transport Association, in Belfast
Seamus Leheny, regional manager of the Freight Transport Association, in Belfast
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A Northern Ireland business boss has said he's been impressed by Theresa May's knowledge of how the border would be affected in the event of a hard Brexit.

Seamus Leheny said he had found the Prime Minister knowledgeable, despite her coming under fire from Conservative Party colleagues over her handling of Brexit negotiations.

Mr Leheny, the regional manager of the Freight Transport Association, said he had found Mrs May well-informed in discussions earlier this year.

Mr Leheny, whose organisation represents the logistics and haulage industry, said: "Sometimes you go into detail when you're talking to politicians and their eyes glaze over, and you know they're not completely over it.

"The thing that impressed me when I put points to her about trade flows and freight, she seemed to get it straight away and we could have a two-way conversation. She was actually fully over the brief."

Most of the business and political world is now enjoying an Easter break from the Brexit debate.

And Mr Leheny said his own organisation would continue to back a deal to avoid a no-deal Brexit and would not be changing its position to call for Article 50 to be revoked for a second referendum.

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