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The current outrage can be written off as displacement activity by those shocked by a deal from Sunak that forces them to consider a compromise.
If Sunak reaches a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol, he will need it endorsed by DUP politicians with whom he has almost nothing in common.
He replies that they will be “working alongside EU officials…UK officials will be in the lead there.”
The battle to re-open state schools rages across the UK. Also: Mohammed Asghar, Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly, passed away this week.
None of what follows is impossible and, if there is a common thread, it is the self-interest of MPs in avoiding an election before leaving the EU.
Also: Dugdale wins lawsuit against cybernat blogger; devolution row as English hospitals shut out Welsh patients over funding; and a week in SNP bad news.
He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.
“The Government hasn’t kept its side of the promise…that has not happened,” he says, adding that the DUP has kept its own.
Also: Backlash grows against SNP’s new tax; Labour AM apologises for antisemitic comment; and Scottish Tories say they’ve stopped Johnson.
Also: SNP insist on leading Holyrood inquiry into Sturgeon’s handling of Salmond allegations; and Ulster Unionists call for Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Plus: People vote for me to shave off my beard. But the decision was only advisory. And did they have enough information…?
Also: May meets new Plaid leader in Downing Street; Bradley mulls ‘external mediator’ for devolution talks; SNP row over ‘People’s Vote’; and more.
Also: Scottish Conservatives keep up the pressure over fishing and the backstop; Plaid set out new front bench; and Bradley empowers Northern Irish civil service.
Also: Government accused of ‘appeasing the IRA’ over Ulster veterans; Welsh Labour leadership hopefuls in data row; and DUP urge end to Stormont boycott.
Sefcovic’s language in response was more assuaging than we have seen from Brussels in previous UK-EU rows.