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Barnier needs to listen to fully representative voices on NI – Swann

Ulster Unionist Leader, Robin Swann MLA, has questioned EU negotiator, Michel Barnier’s commitment to listening to all voices in Northern Ireland on Brexit.

Robin Swann MLA said:

“Following his meeting with Sinn Fein on Brexit, Michel Barnier tweeted saying that it was ‘essential to listen to all voices in Northern Ireland.’  I agree with him on that point, which is why it is baffling that he did not extend an invitation beyond the two parties who recently presided over a failed talks process. We wrote to Mr Barnier last week requesting a meeting with him regarding the negotiations.

“Sinn Fein and the DUP do not speak for all the people of Northern Ireland.  There are other parties with mandates who represent the views of a significant portion of our society.  It is vital that those involved in these negotiations receive a fully representative range of voices from Northern Ireland.   If Mr Barnier is serious about listening to all voices, then we would welcome the opportunity to meet with him.” 


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