Getting Stormont up and running for the Belfast Agreement’s anniversary in April seems to be setting the pace, but only the DUP can make that happen.
They didn’t get a surge when the UK Internal Market Act passed and saw only a temporary one after their Supreme Court defeat. What about now?
I would have preferred a negotiated solution to the sea border, but in the face of EU intransigence the new prime minister must protect the Union.
“David was not cold and uncaring. He cared more, loved more, than any politician I have ever known, but critically, like his religious faith, he rarely showed it.”
Sefcovic’s language in response was more assuaging than we have seen from Brussels in previous UK-EU rows.
“I want the Prime Minister to give that commitment. No more words: we need action here in Northern Ireland.”
With the Assembly elections in May fast approaching, it is clear that there is a finite time horizon for these negotiations to bear fruit.
Among those who are set to vote for a party in the Assembly elections, we find Sinn Féin in the lead.
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Poots has purged Foster’s old team and nominated an ex-spad as First Minister. These do not suggest confidence.
The Nationalists themselves are doing everything they can to minimise their central policy. All the materials for denying their mandate are there.
The Prime Minister’s tour of the United Kingdom sees him square off against nationalists from Sinn Fein, the SNP… and Welsh Labour.
Strengthening Ulster’s bonds with the mainland starts with ending the de facto exile of its unionist politics – if Johnson and Foster have the imagination and will to see it done.
The issue of the backstop is becoming more heated and harder to navigate as time goes by.