Fact check: As Brexit looms, how dependent is Ireland on British trade?
19 February 2019 | 11:10 am
The border has dominated Irish thoughts on Brexit. Amid the political tensions, several English voices have called for Ireland's dependence on UK trade to be used as leverage in negotiations. Are they right?
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