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Dear Prime Minister, Belleek children ask for a rethink

PUPILS at St Davog’s Primary School in Belleek have recently been learning all about Europe.

As part of their topic the children in P6 and P7 classes have been exploring Brexit and the possible impact that the introduction of a hard border would have.
Geraldine Keown, principal at St Davog’s, explained that due to the school’s close proximity to the border if there was a hard border following Brexit it would have an impact on daily life for those at the school.
She added, “The children wrote to Theresa May expressing their concerns regarding the border and explaining the fact that our school was so close to the border.
“We cross the border so many times each day. For example, there’s one child who will cross the border twice coming to school and twice going home from school. It’s something that we live with all the time so the idea of a hard border was going to be a huge issue for these children who would have never known anything but free movement.”
Mrs Keown explained that there was great excitement among pupils and staff at the school when they received a reply from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Theresa May had been in Belleek in the summer time and some of the parents had seen her down at Belleek Pottery. The children invited her back again to talk to the people of Belleek and to come to the school.
“She did not dismiss the idea, but obviously she has a very busy schedule at the moment. Her office wrote back to the children then and there was great excitement among the children and staff.”

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