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Prime Minister visits Northern Ireland farmers to discuss Brexit- one year ahead of UK's EU exit

Prime Minister Theresa May has visited Northern Ireland as part of a flying tour of the UK exactly one year ahead of Brexit.

Mrs May visited a dairy farm owned by the Jackson family in Bangor on Thursday afternoon.

Sitting down for lunch in the farmhouse with representatives of the Ulster Farmers' Union, she heard of concerns within the agriculture industry about Brexit's potential to impact on the free flow of goods across the Irish border.

Farmers' representatives also stressed that they did not want a new border created in the Irish sea, obstructing important trade links with Great Britain.

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Prime Minister Theresa May is shown around Fairview Farm by owners Stephen (not in picture )and Susanne Jackson and their three daughters Hannah, Abbie and Emily (left to right not given) in Bangor, Northern Ireland during a tour of the four nations of the UK, with a promise to keep the country united one year before Brexit. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mrs May told the farmers Brexit presented opportunities.

"I think one of the things that will come out of Brexit is the opportunity for agriculture here but across the UK to really - out of the CAP (EU's Common Agricultural Policy) - to set our own way of doing things," she said.

Mrs May visited Ayrshire in Scotland earlier, and Newcastle before coming to Northern Ireland.

She left our shores to head to Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, and will finish her day-long tour in west London.

The UK is set to leave the EU at 11pm on March 29, 2019.

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