Readers respond with scores of questions for Theresa May
THERESA May's invitation to readers of The Irish News to quiz her on Brexit has received a positive response from across Ireland and beyond.
In a move that is unprecedented for an Irish newspaper, Downing Street urged readers of the Belfast-based daily to probe the prime minister on one of the most important political developments for decades.
Unsurprisingly, scores of Irish News readers have taken up the challenge, submitting questions on a range of Brexit-related issues – from queries about the future of the border to the possibility of another referendum.
Mrs May's responses to a shortlist of readers' question will be published later this week.
Irish News editor Noel Doran thanked the papers' readers for embracing the opportunity to quiz the prime minister directly.
"I want to thank all the readers who took part in this unique process, and were prepared to devote so much time and trouble to finalising their contributions," he said.
"Our panel was greatly impressed with the standard of the submissions, and the short-listing process was an extremely difficult one."
Mr Doran said the questions posed and passed on to Downing Street "go to the heart of the Brexit debate".
"The readers' questions reflect the deep concerns of people from all traditions and backgrounds across Ireland, and we very much look
forward to the responses from Theresa May," he said.