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The Northern Ireland paradox: how Westminster’s abortion and equal marriage amendments leave the DUP between a rock and a hard place

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland can be stopped if a new Assembly forms by October. But doing that would mean the DUP abandoning their opposition to another policy—one their base is deeply set against

By Siobhán Fenton  

Arlene Foster's DUP and their government partners will need to learn lessons from this report. Photo: PA

In the long and sorry saga of Brexit, the DUP’s mantra that Northern Ireland cannot and must not be treated any differently from the rest of the UK has become one of the best known and most powerful political motifs at Westminster. Indeed, it was the Achilles heel which scuppered Theresa May’s attempts at securing an EU withdrawal deal, as Conservative hardliners echoed the…

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