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TOPIC: DUP
#193315
DUP 3 Weeks ago  
I'm not a fan of the DUP but I must say I'm totally with them on Boris' ghastly deal; you simply cannot abandon Northern Ireland in this. His behaviour has been shocking. Theresa May was a disaster area but at least she was honest; stupid but honest. Boris is crooked.
 
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#193350
Barney

Re:DUP 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
This party now has no option but to support 'remain'

Desperate to cling to the UK - without relinquishing its status in the Union, in any way

And knowing that the £1 billion that HM Treasury pays to support Northern Ireland - every month - is pivotal


Recognising too - the rise in Irish nationalism

With the uncertainty that a prospective new UK government entails


 
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#193367
Blue Boy

Re:DUP 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
Barney wrote:
This party now has no option but to support 'remain'


The DUP may become a remain party but I doubt it. Two things you learn quickly about Nothern Irish politics is that it is complicated and positions once established seldom change.

The DUP want to be closer to London and separated from Dublin. Although the current proposed deal does have problems for the DUP Brexit in general helps distance them from Dublin. Neither the SNP or Lib/Dems will win a majority in the upcoming election so Labour support is essential for a Remain outcome. In the eyes of the DUP Jeremy Corbyn is so badly tainted by his association with the IRA they can never support him in any meaningful way.

The DUP have a well earned reputation of being good negotiators but I think they have overplayed their hand in the last week. There will be members of the Conservative party who will now hold a grudge against the DUP and the DUP will realise that if there is a Conservative majority in the next Parliament then there will be some acts of revenge. I think the DUP will find a way of supporting Boris or rather the Boris team will give them a way to support them without losing face.
 
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#193371
Barney

Re:DUP 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
The strong desire of the DUP to retain its UK status is made unassailable by the inability of its only alternative ally to become involved.

Republic of Ireland has National Debt of €205+ billion - and simply couldn't afford the £1 billion monthly bill. Interest on their dedt is €5 million a month.


 
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#193372
Barney

Re:DUP 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
€14 million, a day*; €5+ billion, a year

So RoI is paying - in interest, on its National Debt alone - half what it costs the UK Exchequer to underwrite its bills.

Economically unviable, NI has few options!
 
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