Editorial: Tories and DUP must face up to Brexit disaster they created

With Britain isolated in Europe and its economy hurting, the likes of David Frost and Jeffrey Donaldson must know that the hard Brexit they sought made the Northern Ireland Protocol inevitable

David Frost, the British Brexit minister, left, announced the unilateral extension last week of “grace periods” on trade between Britain and Northern Ireland. Picture: Getty

Nearly nine months after it left the European Union, the UK is strangling itself in the ever-decreasing circles of Brexit. The union is under unprecedented strain in Scotland and Northern Ireland as truculent English nationalism untethers the assumptions that held it together for a century. Trust between London and its partners in Dublin and elsewhere has eroded. The British appear isolated in Europe, politically and diplomatically, in ways we have not witnessed before.

Their economy ...