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Giving NI a special economic status - the obvious outsider solution to the Irish border conundrum - would not be throwing it under the bus. It would be throwing the DUP under the bus.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2018 at 04:12:19 PM EST
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If the DUP is no longer a key player in the deal-making process, would the other parties in NI bow to inevitability and support unification and EU membership?
by asdf on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 12:36:13 AM EST
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N. Ireland voted 56%-44% to remain in the EU and the other parties would be happy with that outcome - with the proviso for the UUP and the Alliance party that there is no change in the constitutional position of N. Ireland within the UK. This situation would be analogous to the position of Denmark and Greenland. Greenland remains part of the Kingdom of Denmark but voted and was allowed to leave the EU while Denmark remained a member.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 01:07:44 AM EST
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