This morning, the media are reporting that the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) has ‘reacted angrily’ to a letter from Theresa May about the Irish border in her eventual Brexit deal. The letter has been leaked to the Times.
But this paints a partial and misleading picture of the DUP receiving May’s letter and its members being unable to restrain themselves from an angry ‘gut reaction’ against the deal.
But the DUP has known since at least the beginning of this week about May’s plan.
A week ago, a SKWAWKBOX contact in Northern Ireland with a strong track record of reliable information contacted this blog to say:
Deal very close. Basically a soft border in the Irish Sea paid for by a £1bn bribe to DUP. Brings a United Ireland a little closer.
Then, on Monday, the same source sent the following information:
May’s got a deal. In my view she’s had this deal for a while and it’s being choreographed to manufacture consent.
It amounts to a soft border in the Irish Sea but the press and DUP seem to be downplaying that fact.
It has holes, UK can opt at anytime etc. No one – UK govt, EU, Ireland – want to be left holding the baby if no deal happens. To avoid the blame for that they have a “compromise of compromises” deal.
UK will opt out in two years when they sign a trade deal with EU. NI will remain in. By then, the Tories calculate they won’t need the DUP.
At the time, the mainstream media were still reporting that the deal would involve the whole UK remaining in the customs union – but a ‘soft border in the Irish sea’ is exactly what has now been ‘revealed’ by the Times and echoed by other ‘MSM’.
The questions media outlets should be asking this morning are not being asked:
- why was this information held back for five days or longer?
- is the outrage genuine, or is the Establishment trying to lower expectations so that some pretend ‘rescue’ will be accepted by the public?
An Irish Sea border has been part of UK/EU Brexit discussions for well over a year, as the SKWAWKBOX revealed at the time.
The DUP received a further £1 billion ‘bung’ in last week’s budget.
The Northern Irish source’s claim that May has “had this deal for a while and it’s being choreographed to manufacture consent” is looking extremely prescient.
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