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Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the UK's prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

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Back to 1971: she may not frighten Europe but the UK's prime minister frightens me

Theresa May sets out her view of what kind of country she wants Britain to be.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Theresa May. Press Association/Kirsty Wigglesworth. All rights reserved.

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