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Sinn Féin MP accuses Brexit Secretary of 'running away'

The Brexit Secretary has arrived in Northern Ireland for a one-day visit. Credit: UTV

A Sinn Féin MP has accused Dominic Raab of "running away" from people living in a border town during his visit to Northern Ireland.

The Conservative minister arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday 2 November for a one-day visit to the region.

During his first stop to Warrenpoint Port, Mr Raab was criticised for not meeting with public representatives and local people.

South Down MP Chris Hazzard said he was not given the opportunity to engage with the Brexit Secretary.

Hazzard has accused the Brexit Secretary of Credit: Pacemaker

The Sinn Féin representative accused him of "coming in like a thief in the night".

"I think this is the perfect illustration of the cynicism and the disrespect that the Tory government is showing towards the electorate here in South Down and Ireland in general when it comes to Brexit," he said.

"We have some serious concerns around Brexit, the local community here are very anxious, the local business community are very anxious about what the next number of months and years is going to hold for them.

He continued, "The fact we have yet again another Tory minister not providing an opportunity to meet and engage and listen to those concerns is absolutely unacceptable.

Dominic Raab is like a thief in the night coming in and out, not providing opportunity, not just me personally but the people I represent, and the media should have the opportunity to be able to ask the hard questions

– Chris Hazzard MP

"The fact the Tories run away from this every time is telling in itself."

Raab is also believed to have met with senior PSNI officers at Newry Station just a few miles from the Irish border.

He is scheduled to visit Stormont and meet with local political parties later in the day.