Brexit: Former UK prime ministers slam ‘illegal’ trade plan
17 September 2020 | 8:55 am
Tony Blair and John Major have urged lawmakers to reject a "shocking" plan, in a joint letter published by the Sunday Times. They said the plan imperils peace in Northern Ireland and tarnishes the UK's reputation.
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