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Recent polling shows the party well ahead of both the UUP and the TUV, meaning the current deadlock would simply be reproduced.
The vote on Sunak’s deal confirmed a trend of increasing separation that has been apparent since the word ‘Backstop’ first raised its ugly head.
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.
No member of the ERG rose to do the Leader of the Opposition’s dirty work for him by plunging a dagger between the PM’s shoulder blades.
The situation in Northern Ireland and the war in Ukraine are the top issues as the Prime Minister takes questions from MPs.
It would be unwise to scupper a deal on data which would allow hands-off, targeted enforcement and free local and mainland-facing Ulster businesses from EU control.
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.