DUP hints at NI staying in customs union?

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https://europaunited.eu/2017/11/25/will-arlene-foster-drop-the-biggest-hint-that-northern-ireland-will-remain-in-the-customs-union/

In a speech set to be delivered to her party members at the annual Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) conference today, DUP leader, Arlene Foster will tell the conference that she believes in an open border for goods and people on the island of Ireland. This announcement ... is beginning to give rise to a theory that the British team will put forward a motion that Northern Ireland remain in the customs union.
Intriguing stuff. If true is this part of some strange, complex political choreography that allows Britain to move on to trade, and what is the DUP's price for this?
 
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The awful feeling you get as a unionist when you know your countrymen and women in London have your back
 

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chreest it just occurred to me Leo has a deal in the bag and is going to kill FF in the coming election!!!!!
 

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If so this is surely the beginning of the end.
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It might be for the DUP's farmer rump if they can't get their milk over the border for processing....

The OP asks what the payoff is for the DUP...? i suggest it's saving themselves from political oblivion when their white collar support base starts to feel the full effects of a hard border.....

Wrapping themselves in the Union Jack won't keep them warm now the money is drying up for their pellet boilers.....
 

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chreest it just occurred to me Leo has a deal in the bag and is going to kill FF in the coming election!!!!!
Well let's see the contours first since it's not known why the duppers have moved this direction.

Cause the north would collapse otherwise, cause their is a catch but it looks interesting.
 

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When it's someone else's suggestion:
It's rubbish, threatens are place at the heart of the union.

DUP: But when we suggest it now there's a different story.
Was our idea all along.:roll:
 

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When it's someone else's suggestion:
It's rubbish, threatens are place at the heart of the union.

DUP: But when we suggest it now there's a different story.
Was our idea all along.:roll:
If they want to tell us their ramming Scots Gaelic down out throats despite our protests then we can let them do it.
If they want to stay in the common zone so that it's harder to get to London than it is to Dublin than let them call it what they want.

Kick in the balls for the fenians. How awful etc etc
 

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:D

It might be for the DUP's farmer rump if they can't get their milk over the border for processing....

The OP asks what the payoff is for the DUP...? i suggest it's saving themselves from political oblivion when their white collar support base starts to feel the full effects of a hard border.....

Wrapping themselves in the Union Jack won't keep them warm now the money is drying up for their pellet boilers.....
Unionists could have their cake and eat it in this scenario. Remain in UK but be a channel for UK exporters to EU if - as has to be the case - the GB-EU trade agreement is more restrictive than being a member of the customs union.
 

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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Someone once said...;)
That was about the McCabe scandal wasn't it
 

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I can see the sense of unionists accepting a CU solution when your own government doesn't want to put boots on the ground in NI again.

As an act of political survival a CU will allow the best of both worlds, protection from the worst effects of Brexit whilst retaining the core national identity of the DUP voter base.
 


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