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The thin red line: It’s time for the DUP to accept they have been outmanoeuvred by the Brexiteers

Now clearly disregarded and outdone by Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers, the DUP is powerless and betrayed

By Siobhán Fenton  

Boris Johnson meets with DUP Leader Arlene Foster at Stormont Parliament in Belfast. Photo: PA

Since the fluke parliamentary arithmetic of the 2017 general election propelled them into the heart of Westminster, the DUP’s relationship with their Conservative party confidence-and-supply partners has often been tense.

Despite public joviality and the professed shared passion for preserving the union, many in the DUP have continued to harbour deep distrust towards their Tory colleagues as they fear the latter’s unionist credentials could ultimately come second to their desire to see Brexit…

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