Last week the SKWAWKBOX predicted that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose unwholesome ‘confidence and supply arrangement’ deal has been shoring up the Tory government since last year, was planning to sabotage any hope clung to by Theresa May of a deal based on a ‘backstop‘ plan for the issue of the Northern Irish border with the Irish Republic.
The DUP cannot countenance a border solution and will look to force a default to a ‘hard border’ in the hope of preventing the Irish reunification referendum that the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) guarantees if the 2021 census shows the Catholic population outnumbering protestants in Northern Ireland for the first time, as expected.
This afternoon, news has broken that the DUP is planning to back a motion by the Tories Brexit ‘ultras’ to outlaw the ‘backstop’ plan:
Parliamentary insiders are now wondering whether to number Theresa May’s remaining time in 10 Downing Street in days or hours, rather than weeks.
While Tory ‘rebels’ are usually best identified by the absence of any actual rebellion, the DUP – whatever else can be said about it – usually follows through on its threats. Can May find a way to weasel out from between the EU’s ‘rock’ and a ‘hard [right] place’ to eke out her failed tenure again?
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