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Saturday 25 March 2017

Pro-Leave Foster denies u-turn with North call

First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Colm Kelpie and Alan Erwin

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster, who backed a Brexit vote, has denied she's done a u-turn after she warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that the North's economy and farming sector is now vulnerable to a loss of EU funding and tariffs on trade.

In a joint letter with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Ms May, the two leaders pointed out the importance to Northern Ireland of EU funds.

Political opponents have rounded on her, with the SDLP accusing her of performing a "reverse ferret".

But Ms Foster told the BBC that she was listening to the public and setting out the north's special circumstances.

"Brexit means Brexit, and our Prime Minister is very clear about that and I support her in that," she said.

It comes as campaigner Raymond McCord lodged papers at the High Court in Belfast yesterday seeking a judicial review of the British government's move towards Brexit.

His lawyers claim it would be unlawful to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without the Westminster parliament voting on the move.

They also contend it would undermine the UK's domestic and international treaty obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and inflict damage on the peace process.

Irish Independent

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