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‘The bottom line is that the DUP cannot countenance any change that would involve border checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images. he whole point of the DUP is to safeguard Northern Ireland’s position within the UK. As unionists, they believe in the nation state and see the UK as the rock on which our prosperity, security and identity is built. It is unsurprising that these views have lead them into a strongly pro-Brexit stance, though even then there is a pragmatism to their politics that is sometimes missed. The government would have known what the DUP’s red lines were before the latest round of talks hit the buffers. The Irish governmen... Full story

7 December