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Westminster policy makers hear young people's Brexit concerns

Ofoc NI representatives met policy makers at Westminster. Picture by Laura Lean/PA Wire

YOUNG people from Northern Ireland have stressed the potential damage caused by a hard Brexit during a series of meetings with Westminster policy makers.

Our Future, Our Choice Northern Ireland (Ofoc NI) launched in August with the aim of bringing the voices of Northern Irish young people into the Brexit process.

The group’s five founding members yesterday began a series of meetings with seven leading MPs and a peer.

During their meetings with Westminster policy makers, the Ofoc NI representatives sought assurances that MPs commit not to support or vote for a hard Brexit that would destroy their border communities.

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The Ofoc NI representatives have been accompanied by Irish News columnist and former SDLP vice-chairman Tom Kelly.

The group's co-president Doire Finn said his generation was saying a "firm ‘No’ to the Brexit shambles".

"We reject patronising Brexiteer voices in Westminster who would rather ignore the voices of young Northern Irish people, and we say to Brexiteers that they are making the UK no country for young people," he said.

 Ian Knox cartoon 17/10/18: With every blast of the DUP’s “blood red lines” rigidity, the prospect of a hard Brexit followed by a border poll with an increasingly unpredictable outcome becomes more likely

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