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Front cover of The Spectator magazine claims EU has used Ireland to 'take control' of Brexit

The forthcoming front cover of The Spectator magazine. Picture by The Spectator

THE front cover of the forthcoming Spectator magazine claims that the European Union has used Ireland to "take control" of Brexit.

In a cartoon accompanied by the headline 'Divide and Rule', European chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, is seen drawing a red line on the map separating Britain and Ireland.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is also depicted in the cartoon, pointing to the dividing line with one hand and a glass of red wine in the other.

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The front page also appears to show German chancellor Angela Merkel beside French President Emmanuel Macron, who is drawing a red line between Britain and France.

The front page states that the forthcoming issue will include an article on "how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit".

Editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson said its political journalist looks at "how the EU has deftly used the Irish issue to trap Theresa May and take back control of Brexit".

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