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Sinn Fein anger at Immigration Minister's Brexit visit snub



Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard

Sinn Fein have expressed their anger after Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes allegedly refused to meet with them.

Mrs Nokes allegedly turned down the chance to meet Sinn Fein representatives to discuss Brexit during a visit to Co Down on Thursday.

Sinn Fein South Down MP Chris Hazzard said Mrs Nokes was not willing to listen to the "deep concerns in this constituency about the disastrous affects Brexit will have on the area".

“The lack of engagement by the British Immigration Minister is particularly ironic given the disgraceful anti-immigration and racist claims of senior Brexiteers," Mr Hazzard said.

“This was another box ticking exercise by a British government with no plan, no strategy and which couldn't care less about the impact of Brexit on South Down.”

Mrs Nokes visit comes after then Brexit Secretary David Davis apologised after making an unannounced visit to the Irish border in Co Armagh.

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed Mrs Nokes was visiting Northern Ireland.

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"She met Border Force officials at Belfast City airport and representatives from the fishing industry at Kilkeel harbour," the spokesperson said.

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