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Caught in a bind March 24, 2023

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

The reports about the DUP and its apparent contradiction in ‘warning against its own trade deal demand’ as the Irish Times puts it today – via a report from the Financial Times, is hardly surprising. In some ways what has been most characteristic of the DUP response to the Windsor Framework has been its incoherence. What precisely is the problem they have? Difficult to tell because it seems to shift back and forth across a range of areas. This latest instance?

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) privately warned the UK government that a “dual regulation” environment in Northern Ireland would not work for crucial industry groups, despite the idea now being one of its demands to restore the region’s devolved government.

Worse the DUP has not been, according to the UK government, able to give examples of where ‘the requirement to follow EU rules has impeded NI companies from trading with the UK’. That’s a fairly striking omission on the DUP’s part, isn’t it?

What is frustrating is how isolated the DUP now is – the weight of the vote in London this week points to the halcyon days where it held an effective balance of power now being long gone, and yet it persists in acting as if matters were otherwise. But how long can that go on?


1. benmadigan - March 24, 2023

Q: What precisely is the problem they have?
A: A Sinn Fein First Minister in Northern Ireland. Everything else is a pretext for not entering Stormont

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