Thursday May 28, 2020

DUP caught between a deal and a hard place

Its stand on Brexit is alienating much of the North’s business community, but the unionist party’s leaders must accommodate its own grassroots supporters too

17th March, 2019
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (right) confirmed the party could not support May’s renegotiated deal, since the ‘legal risk’ on the backstop remained

On a cold night in Ballymena at the end of January, around 400 people gathered at the Tullyglass Hotel for a DUP fundraiser that was billed as ‘An Evening with Jacob Rees-Mogg’. He is, of course, the well-mannered, double-breasted-suit-wearing archetypal Tory MP who spearheads the European Research Group (ERG), the cohort of Brexiteers that has thwarted Theresa May’s efforts to push through her Brexit deal.

Guests at the dinner paid £25 each...

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