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“Two years later no-one knows what they want, even the Tory party. Theresa May says one thing and Boris Johnson says another.”
It knows that it can continue the policy of staying out of the institutions in Belfast and London without damaging its long-term strategy. Unionists need them to work.
What is almost certainly motivating the Taoiseach’s comments is the lack of concrete proposals about how proposed new arrangements will work.
Dublin likes to cite the Belfast Agreement, and we certainly all need what it exemplified – that’s to say, a good old-fashioned face-saving fudge.
If people vote for the pork, that’s what we’re all getting, even those of us who preferred beef or vegetables.