DUP leader Arlene Foster and her MPs have said they will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit ‘deal’ – barely a Brexit at all and more a surrender of rights to the EU – because it crosses their ‘red lines’, particularly putting Northern Ireland on a different legal footing with the European Union than the rest of the UK.
But the text of the deal also gives the EU unilateral authority to impose tariffs and restrictions on the movement of goods at any point if it feels the UK is not complying with its obligations under the deal:
As the deal specifically excludes such tariffs between Northern Ireland and the Republic – as welcomed this evening by Irish PM Leo Varadkar – that means a border in the Irish Sea, with Britain on one side and the whole island of Ireland on the other.
May’s deal does not just cross the DUP’s redlines. It obliterates them.
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