Time to come clean: Are Theresa May and Arlene Foster endangering their MPs?

This Critique Archives piece makes a good point – perhaps not strongly enough.

Have Conservative – and DUP – MPs been made aware of the possibilities, if they fail to find a way to keep the border open between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK?

If not, then Mrs May and Ms Foster need to come clean. The details are in the final paragraph, below.

I wonder if Iain Duncan Smith would be so keen to defend his government’s indecision if he knew the possible consequences?

The DUP, the most hardline, right-wing, Unionist political party, is propping up the very Government that could be about to allow Northern Ireland, effectively, to be joined-at-the-hip once more to Dublin.

It is brought into focus by … publication by the European Union of a default fallback plan, to take effect should negotiations for a trade deal for the UK break down once and for all. The plan suggests that when Great Britain withdraws from the EU completely, Northern Ireland would be the sole part of the UK to remain in the Customs Union.

Were this plan to be put into effect … it would effectively mean Northern Ireland is reunited with the Republic in all-but-name, and becomes divided off from the United Kingdom, again in all-but-name. This would be because, while there would be no active border between the two Irelands, a boundary would have to be enforced at the coastline. That would mean that there would be a border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

An inland border would revive Nationalist resentments, potentially even seeing a resurgence of the militancy of the 1970s-to-the-1990s. But a sea border instead would generate resentment on the other side of Northern Irish society; former Loyalist paramilitaries will be watching the next few months with deep feelings of suspicion, resentment, anger, and, should Barnier’s proposal be adopted, ultimately betrayal. And when militants feel betrayed, violence usually follows. They may attack DUP members who have ‘let them down’. Or they might look further, and feel that it is the Tories who have abandoned them and deserve ‘comeuppance’. Not a happy prospect, but a realistic one.

Source: The folly of the DUP | TheCritique Archives

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