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The Independent | DUP threatens to pull support from Theresa May's government if she backs down over post-Brexit Irish border

The Democratic Unionist Party has dramatically threatened to rethink its deal to prop up Theresa May in power if she compromises over the Irish border after Brexit.

Sammy Wilson, one of the DUP's 10 MPs, said the party would not accept any moves that would see Northern Ireland "treated differently than the rest of the UK".

The warning follows reports that further powers could be devolved to Belfast allowing rules in areas such as agriculture and energy to be aligned with the EU - rather than London.

It seems May's government is close to capitulating on all of the EU's demands: citizen rights, budget and Irish border. But it might just not have the Parliamentary power to make it through.

On the upside: a proper agreement within Article 50 seems an actual possibility at this stage. May has now to find the support among other parties.

And where in hell is Scotland right now?

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 04:16:51 PM EST
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Sammy Wilson, DUP MP, 27 sec. wtf, transcribed.
If there's any attempt that in order to keep Dublin in the EU [!] that they're [UK TORY GOV] prepared to have Northern Ireland treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom then they can't rely on our vote, because they [UK TORY GOV] have undertaken an agreement with us, our votes for their support for the Union. Their support for the Union there diminishes, then our votes will not be there.

It seems, Mr Wilson is unwilling, more likely incapable, of  calculating the value of DUP "votes" since passage and litigation of the Repeal/Withdrawal Bill. The establishing purpose of it abrogated parliamentary ratification of A50 terms to UK gov. DUP support for it was punked by May and some of them may be just beginning to fear their "Cameron veto" is now obsolete, useless for purposes of coercing any PM to affect "independent" DUP rule of NI.

That was a flawed assumption on several levels of play with Downing before BREXIT. The pipe never gets to play the piper, does it.

At that time, not-Tory MPs constituted for the minority gov the barrier to any semblance of parliamentary consensus on the means to implement BREXIT. This reluctant coalition objected, in general, not to BREXIT but Tory gov patent refusals to conform to EU regulatory authority. Now that UK gov organs indicate UK gov has exhausted its miserable strategy to coerce the EU terms to its demands ("capitulated"), the reluctant coalition will fall in line to affirm Repeal/Withdrawal Bill's EU conforming amendments, thus obviating Mr Wilson's so-called "agreement" with UK conservatives. These potentates are a dull lot.

10 or more votes needed for May's BREXIT majority ("Union") can be bought from the coalition PLUS conservative Leavers. DUP will get BREXIT. The only motive for them is ensuring, as it always has been, Who is rules that pitiful province of Ireland?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 07:08:56 PM EST
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And where in hell is Scotland right now?

Going over the Brexit cliff along with the rest of the UK.  SNP is publishing policy papers they have no power to implement while the (few) SNP blogs I check every now & again is avoiding the issue.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Nov 30th, 2017 at 07:19:46 PM EST
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