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Peculiar moves by DUP hint at party spat undermining sea border strategy

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Internal battle between Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots seriously hampering carefully laid plan to stop checks at ports

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Loggerheads: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson addresses reporters earlier this week. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Loggerheads: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson addresses reporters earlier this week. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Edwin Poots on the steps of Stormont. Credit: Liam McBurney/PA

Edwin Poots on the steps of Stormont. Credit: Liam McBurney/PA

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Loggerheads: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson addresses reporters earlier this week. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

What has emanated from the DUP this week has been a mixture of carefully laid strategy and actions which for now remain inexplicable even to some DUP members.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson had been working to a plan suitably desperate for a party facing potential annihilation in the election now just three months hence: Threatening to topple devolution if the Irish Sea border is not removed. But some of what he has done this week is difficult to explain based on what is now publicly known.


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