Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Posts Tagged: SDLP
The DUP and UUP are struggling adapt to the Province’s changing political circumstances, and the Alliance are the main beneficiaries.
The DUP try to hold their position in the face of pro-Remain pacts whilst Sinn Féin try to unseat their leader and the smaller parties fight to regain Westminster representation.
The second piece in our new mini-series looks at the strange bedfellows and hard choices for unionists, nationalists, Leavers and Remainers alike.
In both countries, the votes of both Labour and especially the Conservatives have been squeezed between the Brexiteers and the separatists.
Ultimately, they may reveal less about Brexit and more about the longer-term trends in Northern Ireland’s political landscape.
Also: DUP urge Government to adopt more aggressive approach to EU negotiations; Cardiff Conservative councillor reinstated; and more.
Paul Bew: The Backstop would undermine the Good Friday Agreement – but there is a way out of this paralysis
Under international law, it can only be a temporary arrangement – and this must be put in explicit, legally binding, terms.
Also: Car bombing in Londonderry sparks concerns of ‘Brexit violence’ as SDLP announce partnership with Fianna Fail.
Also: Scottish and Welsh Labour re-admit AM and councillor in antisemitism rows; and SDLP look south to merger with major Republic party.
Lee Reynolds: What the Belfast Agreement does and doesn’t say about the UK-Ireland land border – and much else
It doesn’t support the EU and Irish Government narratives that are being pushed as part of the Brexit negotiations.
Also: Pro-UK think-tanks torpedoes SNP’s economic case for independence; Plaid suffers ‘major rift’ as MP savages Wood; and more.
Lord Ashcroft: My latest polling explores the tensions and controversies around the union and Northern Ireland’s border
Crucially, opinion is not just divided between Leave and Remain, but between the Province and the mainland.
It looks to be the least bad medium-term means of settling the future of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Also: Border Force recruitment sparks fear of hard border for Wales; SDLP denies rumours that it will step aside for Fianna Fail; and more.