Farry challenges Prime Minister to meet First and deputy First Ministers jointly

Stephen Farry MLA has challenged Prime Minster Theresa May to meet both the First and deputy First Minister together to discuss the Brexit implications for Northern Ireland.

Alliance MLA Mr Farry made the comments as it was revealed the Prime Minister is expected to visit Northern Ireland next week. The North Down MLA said it was an important chance for Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness to jointly put the case for special recognition for Northern Ireland to Ms May.

“We have seen divisions throughout the Executive on the EU referendum, from the campaign through to the outcome and what happens next. However, further splits will only serve to push Northern Ireland down the priority list in terms of any future Brexit negotiations.

“While the Prime Minister visited the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, our leaders continued to squabble, seemingly not caring that we will be more adversely affected than any other region by a Brexit.

“The Prime Minister should insist on meeting both Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness in the same meeting as joint leaders of the Executive, instead of the individual leaders of the DUP and Sinn Fein.

“Therefore a united voice can be presented to her, one that recognises Northern Ireland voted to remain within the EU and which puts across the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves.”

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