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Despite her party's name, Arlene is a late convert to the idea of democracy and the need for the consent of both communities to any major changes in the status quo in N. Ireland. Where was this concern for bi-partisan support after 56% of voters (including 40% of unionists) had voted to Remain?

The fact is that "democracy" for unionists was always about unionist democracy: nationalists didn't count. But now she is in the uncomfortable position of finding that the Irish Government, too, can say no, and has an effective veto on any Brexit deal she and Boris might propose.

Whatever way you dress it up, the Customs Union and Single Market has to be protected and that means regulatory alignment and effective Customs controls somewhere between Britain and the EU, and they won't be at the Irish land border. Over to you Arlene...

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