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UK Government's Brexit shift embarrassing for Arlene Foster and a problem for all of unionism

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First Minister Arlene Foster said she has to ‘recognise the reality’ (Rebecca Black/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster said she has to ‘recognise the reality’ (Rebecca Black/PA)

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First Minister Arlene Foster said she has to ‘recognise the reality’ (Rebecca Black/PA)

Timing is everything in politics.

On Saturday morning it was being reported that DUP leader Arlene Foster had told Sky News that her party, albeit with great reluctance, would be helping to implement the NI Protocol (an integral part of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement) because it was now law and, in essence, there was nothing she could do about it.

Cue criticism of her across unionist parties, with many blaming the DUP for the mess unionism now found itself in and the very specific threat to Northern Ireland's constitutional position.


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