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Delegation of Orangemen in London for Brexit discussions

The discussions were due to take place at Westminster. Picture by Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A DELEGATION of senior Orangemen yesterday held discussions with politicians in London to voice their concerns over Brexit.

The grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson was joined by colleagues from England and Scotland for the meetings with MPs and political representatives at Westminster.

It is understood the delegation was due to express their concerns over British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan as well as voicing their reservations regarding the withdrawal agreement.

The Orange Order has previously voiced its opposition to the deal.

In a statement in November, it said: "Whilst uncertainty abounds regarding a no-deal scenario, the people of Northern Ireland should not be expected to accept a poor deal which goes back on the assurances offered by the Prime Minister throughout this process".

The House of Commons is due to to vote on Mrs May's deal next Tuesday, with the debate on the plan expected to resume today.

MPs appear unlikely to approve it, with staunch opposition from the DUP and Tory Brexiteers.

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