With yet another compromise on Northern Ireland – and on its place in the United Kingdom – the Democratic Unionist Party may yet suffer the same doom it inflicted on the Ulster Unionists before them.
We might not rejoin, but the political momentum is now with those seeking a closer relationship. From a Brexiteer perspective, Johnson is sounding rather complacent.
The Windsor Framework renders us worse off in terms of the Irish Sea border and creates greater checks and barriers to trade with the rest of the UK compared to what we have experienced thus far with grace periods and easements.
The Windsor Framework is not workable. Its flaws and unworkability are already apparent and will quickly become more so.
Separate packaging will be needed, and factories on the mainland will need to know in advance which goods are earmarked for Ulster.
The Prime Minister has moved about half of last month’s don’t knows into his column, peeled off some opposition, and his approach now has majority support. But about a third of the panel remains opposed to it.
ConservativeHome’s deputy editor speaks to Michael Portillo about whether or not the events of the past week have made the Union stronger.
They included three former Conservative leaders: Iain Duncan Smith, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
Why has the Government signed off a safeguard which Sinn Féin can disable by collapsing Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions again?
It will give cover to Conservative opponents of the deal. But the crucial question is the future of Stormont, and on that the Unionists are silent.
The Northern Ireland Protocol has been a stone in the shoe of our relations with Brussels and Washington. The Prime Minister deserves great credit for making progress.
A visit to his study as he contemplates this week’s Privileges Committee hearing and Northern Ireland Protocol vote.
For whatever reason, he may be morphing into the politician I hoped he would become – the moderate man whose patience is exhausted.
Theresa May’s paean to internationalism in her Carlton lecture rung hollow in light of her record in dealing with Brussels.
Goods and issues which pose the most pressing concerns have been addressed first, but the same framework provides a basis for future agreement in other areas.