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Derry Girls meet with Brexit negotiators in Brussels

Derry Girls meet with Brexit negotiators in Brussels

Campaigners from Derry Girls Against Borders are in Brussels to meet with European, British and Irish representatives ahead of a crunch EU summit due to take place this week.

Four of the group met with people from across the Brussels political scene on Monday 15th October, including representatives from the EU Parliament and Commission, as well as the various public affairs consultancies who are keeping a close eye on negotiations.

Calling for protection of freedom of movement North/South and East/West after Brexit, Derry Girls Against Borders has been gathering signatures for a petition launched in August 2018.

Self-described as a non-partisan and civic campaign, they have kept focused on delivering their petition to key figures in the negotiations ahead of the EU summit scheduled for October 17th-18th.

The past eight weeks have taken the group from Derry to Belfast and Newry and to Dublin and London before coming to the European capital this week.

They said they have had two simple objectives during the targeted campaign.

First, they gave ordinary people a platform to share their concerns about the negative impact any potential borders on the island of Ireland or down the Irish Sea.

Secondly, they wanted to ensure that the responsible powers in London, Belfast, Dublin and Brussels listened to those concerns.

This has allowed the campaign to avoid affiliating with any particular party’s stance on Brexit, something which was reiterated many times during the meeting in Brussels. As they described it, they are “coming with the questions, not the answers.”

The petition itself is closing soon and can be found here, and the group presented paper copies to representatives at the British and Irish consulates today.

They will maintain an archive of the stories from ordinary people which can be found here.

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