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Brexit: Derry Girls Against Borders group campaign in Brussels

Derry Girls Against Borders members meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Pic Facebook
Paul Ainsworth

An anti-Brexit group inspired by the hit TV show Derry Girls has held a meeting in Brussels to highlight their opposition to a hard border.

Derry Girls Against Borders hosted the meeting last night in the Belgian capital, to put forward their reasons for opposing a hard border in Ireland, and also in the Irish Sea.

The group, which has the backing of Lisa McGee, the writer of the Channel 4 sitcom from which the group borrowed their name, is also collecting names for a petition to be handed to British Prime Minister Theresa May. Ahead of last night's gathering, members met with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, to discuss concerns.

A spokeswoman for the group said: "As Derry women we are frightened that the real challenges for people living in this part of the world have not been considered in any meaningful way. Our aim is to mobilise people to make our voices heard to protect and support the status quo. We want the Governments to understand the real issues people here will face if there are any borders. We want those with power over our lives and futures to listen to us, not just talk about us."

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