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and Westminster will no longer be able to indulge the tantrums of the DUP.

May I suggest that the recent indulgence of the DUP is relatively small compared to the continuing annual "subsidy" needed to keep NI in the UK, one reason that Irish re-unification is unlikely to happen without equivalent subsidy from the EU - Dublin can't afford it.

From the UK Office of National Statistics - Country and regional public sector finances: financial year ending 2018 the Net fiscal deficit for Northern Ireland is about £9.17 Billion or £4939 per head of the NI population in year 2017/8.  

I am sure someone can find a way to express that on the side of a bus if the need arises.

You can check my interpretation, along with the (smaller) deficits for Wales, Scotland and the English regions, in Section 4 of the the ONS report

by oldremainmer48 on Tue Jun 25th, 2019 at 07:32:27 AM EST
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