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Arlene Foster’s DUP still holds the balance of power in Westminster—so what’s their next move?

Northern Ireland continues to expose the contradictions at the heart of Brexit

By Sarah Creighton  

Arlene Foster's party voted against May's deal—but they won't bring down her government. Photo: PA

The Teller’s voice was clear and loud. “Ayes to the right, 202; the Nos to the left, 432.” After two years of negotiations, debate and drama, the House of Commons voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement. It was over in a matter of seconds. The government lost by 230 votes, the biggest Commons defeat since 1924.

Among the MPs cheering yesterday were the DUP. As Theresa May stared stony faced across the Commons…

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