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RISK: Former UK prime ministers caution against Brexit


June 9, 2016   by Canadian Press, The Guardian


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Former British Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Sir John Major share a platform for the Remain campaign at the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 09 June 2016. EPA/BRIAN LAWLESS UK AND IRELAND OUT

Former British Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Sir John Major share a platform for the Remain campaign at the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 09 June 2016. EPA/BRIAN LAWLESS UK AND IRELAND OUT

Two former prime ministers have put their political differences aside to warn British voters that leaving the European Union would be a mistake. John Major and Tony Blair spoke at a university in Northern Ireland about their concern over Britain’s upcoming referendum on its membership in the 28-nation bloc. Blair urged Northern Ireland voters not to listen to those who favour leaving the EU.

The Guardian reported that Major said Brexit would have a “wholly negative effect” on the relationship between the UK and Ireland. “And though I have no doubt, whatever happens, that those relations between the UK and Ireland will remain cordial, I do worry about the prospect of a British exit. Which would leave Ireland on the other side of the table in a new negotiation between Britain and 27 other European Union nations.”

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He also warned that a departure from the EU would significantly decrease investment in the UK. “…there will be a much smaller investment in every part of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland. And that investment isn’t abstract. It’s jobs.”

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This story was originally published by Canadian Insurance Top Broker.