The DUP may have solved its ‘Windsor Framework’ dilemma – by passing the buck

The Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland found itself facing a thorny problem after Rishi Sunak announced his new ‘Windsor Framework’ deal for trade between Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the European Union.

That party had been using the lack of a hard-Brexit-supporting agreement on trade as an excuse not to take its seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont, after elections that made Sinn Fein the largest party group there.

But Sunak’s deal has been welcomed almost universally, leaving the DUP with very little wiggle-room.

It left party leaders scrabbling for time in which to find a face-saving way forward.

Now it seems they have found it: pass the buck onto a specially-created committee, act according to its recommendations and – if anything goes wrong – use it as a scapegoat.

Here’s Maximilien Robespierre with the details:

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One Comment

  1. Dave Putson March 10, 2023 at 10:37 am - Reply

    As a Trades Unionist I wouldn’t be advocating this normally, but the DUP are not serving the interests of Northern Ireland but themselves. As a taxpayer also, they the DUP are causing this blockage and stopping civil society in Northern Ireland function, so stop their bloody pay until they get back into Stormont and do their job !! Children sulk when they don’t get their own way, but these are politician’s who have a declining voter support and shouldn’t hold the rest of that part of the country to ransom. Just because Teresa May bunged them £1.5 billion doesn’t mean it will always happen. They have to suck the fact that Sinn Fein are now the majority party. If they want that to change they need to campaign for it not sulk until they get what they want. If they cant do that let the NI assembly get on with its work in conjunction with the UK HoP. And leave the DUP out in the cold where it has put itself !

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