Former secretary of state to tell House of Lords that government’s position on Irish border is ‘delusional and contradictory’

The future of Northern Ireland after Brexit can only be secured if it remains in the customs union, a former secretary of state will tell the House of Lords on Tuesday.

The Labour peer Peter Hain, who as Northern Ireland secretary helped steer the peace process when the IRA was decommissioning its arms, will tell the Lords that the government’s position on Northern Ireland is “delusional, contradictory and potentially very damaging”.

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