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In the Brexit endgame, the DUP will only care about the Union—and itself

The party can triple-somersault away from previously fixed positions. But whatever it does is geared towards securing the constitutional position

By Alex Kane   March 2019

Expert triple somersaulters: the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds. © REX SHUTTERSTOCK

Everybody at Westminster is suddenly interested in knowing the mind of the Democratic Unionist Party. After all, it will play a crucial role in the Brexit endgame: Theresa May urgently needs the party back on board if she is to rescue her deal. But reading the party is fiendishly difficult: the DUP has a remarkable ability for triple-somersaulting away from a previously fixed position, without a hint of embarrassment.

In 1998 it opposed the Good Friday Agreement,…

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