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Fine Gael TD vows to give NI a voice in Brexit debate

The Irish Government's chief whip has said he is prepared to represent the views of those in Northern Ireland who feel they have no voice in the Brexit debate because of the lack of government at Stormont.

Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh said: "I am happy to continue to give those people - Irish citizens among them - a voice alongside citizens of this State and voice those concerns in London, Brussels and wherever else we need to go to do that."

He said he was concerned that there were UK politicians who "don't understand the possible implications (of Brexit) for Ireland, who've never visited the island and have never spoken to someone from a border community".

He added there was a new breed of younger politicians there who needed to understand "that the peace process was hard won and we cannot throw it away".

He said: "Politicians I worked alongside in the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly know the intricacies of the peace process; they know the geography of the border and they know the politics and decisions needed to maintain and protect the process."

Belfast Telegraph