Northern Ireland

Boris Brexit proposal puts the DUP in control

BY Walter Ellis | tweet Waltroon   /  3 October 2019

For the Democratic Unionist Party, whose ten votes in Westminster are no longer mathematically relevant to the day to day survival of Boris Johnson’s government, this week could prove the most crucial in its history.

It knows it must simultaneously hold its nerve and its nose, counting on the fact that whatever happens on Europe in the next two weeks may not weaken Northern Ireland’s constitutional position as part of the UK, but actually guarantee its longer-term survival.

If the Prime Minister’s do-or-die proposal on Brexit, which would park the province half in and half out of the EU, is accepted by the 27, the party reckons it would only have to remain in purgatory for four years before returning to the UK’s full elysian embrace in 2025.


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