Glenravel’s Collette McAllister meets European Union Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier over Brexit

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EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier meeting Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson and Glenravel’s Collette McAllister (right).

GLENRAVEL’S Collette McAllister and her party colleague Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson have met European Union Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to stress need to maintain backstop in Brexit.

After the meeting in Strasbourg Ms McAllister, in a statement issued to ‘Ballymena Daily’ said: “It was a very positive meeting and we discussed the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations.

“To date the EU has been standing firm that the backstop must be maintained and that the issue of Ireland must be addressed and we welcomed that in our meeting.

“We also made it clear that there can be no dilution of the backstop as the Brexit negotiations enter the next crucial stage. Such an outcome would be unacceptable.

“It is vitally important that the backstop is maintained and that we do not see any watering down of it in the weeks ahead.”

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