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ERG representatives will vote for the Johnson deal coming Saturday, separating themselves from the DUP position.

Rival unionists accuse DUP of catastrophic Brexit miscalculation

Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist party (UUP), said DUP blunders had paved the way to Northern Ireland being left on the "window ledge" of the union.

"It's an absolute disgrace ... this deal is worse than the one Theresa May brought forward at Chequers. It's awful. It would put a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea and annexes Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom."

Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, called the deal - welcomed by the Irish government and Sinn Féin - a disaster that would put Northern Ireland in the Republic of Ireland's economic orbit, ensuring the union "slowly bleeds to death".

"The inescapable reality is that a permanent regulatory and customs border cutting us off from GB puts us in a waiting room for Irish unity with the door locked from the outside."

Many farmers and business owners, in contrast, welcomed a deal that would keep trade flowing and avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. "What is good is that a deal is struck, we can move on to the more positive conversation about the future relationship and, regardless, Northern Ireland can continue to have tariff-free, quota-free access to both the UK and the EU's single market," said the Manufacturing Northern Ireland chief executive, Stephen Kelly.

Boris Johnson wanted Brexit deal 'at any cost' to avoid extension, says DUP | Belfast Telegraph |

The DUP has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of agreeing to the EU's demands on a Brexit deal to avoid having to ask for an extension.

Deputy leader Nigel Dodds accused Mr Johnson of losing his nerve, saying that the PM could have got a better deal in Brussels given more time.

He said Mr Johnson had been "too eager by far" to come to an accommodation "at any cost" with the EU.

His comments came as DUP leader Arlene Foster accused London, Brussels and Dublin of turning their back on the power sharing arrangements that form the cornerstone of the Good Friday/Belfast peace agreement.

The DUP leader said allowing Stormont to vote on retaining the arrangements on the basis of a simple majority vote, rather than using the mechanism that requires a majority of unionists and nationalists, undermined the principle of power sharing.

    "For the first time in 21 years we are moving away from power sharing, we are moving away from the majority of unionism and the majority of nationalists, we are moving to single majority vote."

Ms Foster said it would represent a fundamental change to the 1998 Northern Ireland Act that enshrined the peace treaty.

by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 08:16:47 PM EST
from 31 Oct, as hunger intensifies in NI, the chieftains will be sharpening knives and quibbling over who will take the hind and who will take the ribs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 11:06:39 PM EST
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