Ireland and EU stand firm behind the deal
Appeals from the DUP - the 'no surrender' champions of Northern Irish politics - to the Irish Government to stop being unreasonable are jarring. Yesterday, facing the biggest crisis these islands have seen in recent history, Arlene Foster chose not to go to 10 Downing Street to negotiate with the hapless Theresa May, whom she had cast under the omnibus a day previously.
If there is acrimony and consternation in the air in London and Belfast, there is unanimity and clarity in Dublin and Brussels. The core position on the Irish Border in the Brexit negotiations will not change, the Taoiseach told his Cabinet.
The 11th-hour dismissal by the DUP of a proposal that regulation on the island of Ireland should continue to be aligned after Brexit has created political convulsions.