Why a special deal for Republic and the North is vital in the world beyond Brexit
Mao Zedong, the Chinese revolutionary leader, is reported to have said that "every journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step". After the general election result in the United Kingdom, the Brexit journey is likely to be long and winding as the island of Ireland takes centre stage again in shaping the future of the UK and its other European neighbours.
The UK government will now seek to rely on the support of the DUP to undertake and manage its political programme. Alongside the loss of seats by the SNP, the potential break-up of Britain is on hold.
Negotiations with the EU are beginning, but the elephant in the room will be the size of the budgetary repayments after the UK formally leaves the EU.