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Listen to the people of Northern Ireland: Patrick Kielty's plea to Theresa May

Comedian Patrick Kielty has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to listen to the people of Northern Ireland and not allow the creation of a new hard border.

Kielty gave the stark warning via a statement issued to Remain campaigner Gina Miller.

It came after he ripped apart former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's vision of how Northern Ireland would look after Brexit.

In his message of support, Kielty, who is originally from Dundrum, Co Down, delivered another stinging verdict on pronouncements about Northern Ireland made by high-profile Conservative Party members in recent days.

He wrote: "Last week I politely told Boris Johnson how Brexit will change Northern Ireland - okay, maybe not that politely.

"I'm still waiting for a reply yet he continues to tell people who don't know what he also doesn't know. He wants them to believe that Brexit will have no effect on lives in Northern Ireland.

"What he actually means is that Northern Ireland will have no effect on his life whatever happens."

Kielty took a pop at other senior Tories, who he said hadn't grasped the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

"David Davis says we've nothing to worry about because you can buy a pint in Belfast with Euros," he added.

"Yes, you can David. Just not at a same-sex wedding reception."

In a direct plea to Mrs May, he added: "So, Prime Minister, if you really care about Northern Ireland, please listen to what's being said here today and what people here voted for - not once but twice."

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