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Backstop dominated Brexit debate for two years...but what happened next?

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The 'b' word dominated debate over Brexit for more than two years. Malachi O'Doherty looks at what happened next

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Writing on the wall: Graffiti in Belfast calling for Arlene Foster to step down over the sea border issue

Writing on the wall: Graffiti in Belfast calling for Arlene Foster to step down over the sea border issue

Power: then Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP’s Arlene Foster, Nigel Dodds and Jeffrey Donaldson at Downing Street in 2017

Power: then Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP’s Arlene Foster, Nigel Dodds and Jeffrey Donaldson at Downing Street in 2017

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Writing on the wall: Graffiti in Belfast calling for Arlene Foster to step down over the sea border issue

There was a moment in modern British history when Arlene Foster seemed to control the course of events.

This was in early December 2017. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the UK was in Brussels to sign off on an agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. Had that meeting proceeded smoothly, the successive three years of wrangling and angst might have been avoided. We might never have heard the tiresome word "backstop".


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