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Arlene Foster has weakened the DUP’s Stormont veto by mistake, with major implications for the future

Sam McBride


High Court confirms that one part of the DUP’s Stormont veto has been weakened. Remarkably, the party is itself responsible

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Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Arlene Foster

On Tuesday, Belfast High Court delivered a judgment which seemed to be about electricity but had nothing to do with electrical power. Instead, the judge’s decision has enormous implications for political power and for how Northern Ireland looks and feels over coming years.

What at first might seem like a dry document is in fact the key to a remarkable story about Arlene Foster’s flaws. The judgment indicates that last year she gave away part of the DUP’s hard-won Stormont veto without even realising it.


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