Fos­ter hung out to dry by Tory pals

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE -

WE might just be fi­nally ap­proach­ing endgame in the long and tor­tur­ous Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

A let­ter leaked to The Times news­pa­per in­di­cated Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May is pre­pared to al­low the EU to im­pose spe­cific reg­u­la­tory checks on goods en­ter­ing the North as part of the con­tro­ver­sial back­stop.

This has an­gered the DUP whose 10 MPS have propped up the Tory Gov­ern­ment for the past 18 months.

The hard­line union­ists have been warned any deal will in­evitably in­volve com­pro­mise but Ar­lene Fos­ter’s party have al­ready ruled out sup­port­ing any­thing that would im­pose a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea.

The Bri­tish in­sist they would not al­low the North to be carved off by the EU in re­main­ing in the cus­toms union and the sin­gle mar­ket.

But make no mis­take, while these pro­pos­als won’t break the union, they could over time loosen the eco­nomic ties which bind the North to Bri­tain.

Many peo­ple – not just repub­li­cans – are talk­ing about a United Ire­land. It’s a con­se­quence of Brexit that those who cam­paigned for Bri­tain’s with­drawal from the EU – not least the DUP – may not have thought through fully.

How ironic then that the party founded by the fire­brand Ian Pais­ley may have helped start the process that broke up the United King­dom.

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