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Martina Devlin: 'Irish fears of being sold down Brexit river were misplaced... The DUP is occupying that position now - and it must be squirming'

 

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'Is it possible Dominic Cummings launched a full-frontal assault on the DUP: either suck up the deal or a Border poll will be called?'. Stock image: PA

'Is it possible Dominic Cummings launched a full-frontal assault on the DUP: either suck up the deal or a Border poll will be called?'. Stock image: PA

'Is it possible Dominic Cummings launched a full-frontal assault on the DUP: either suck up the deal or a Border poll will be called?'. Stock image: PA

A wet border it is, then - that's the only deal which can emerge from the bunker where EU and British negotiators are in lockdown. Northern Ireland remains in the EU, to all intents and purposes, with the Border relocated to the Irish Sea.

After several years of contortions, we're back to where we were with Theresa May. Special status for the North. But when this agreement is concluded, watch it being presented as a triumph of political dexterity: the one and only Boris Brexit. Can't you just see him in toga and laurel wreath? Hail, Caesar!

A wet border is, of course, a nuanced construct; water is a shifting element. And this wet border is certain to mean a different relationship - a closer one - developing between north and south. Over time, it will prove beneficial for both.


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