Pigeons are coming home to roost for DUP over Brexit backing

To DUP Brexiteers, and Sammy Wilson in particular, you zealously embraced and promoted Brexit, a cause that you must have known from the outset would stoke up tensions in Northern Ireland.

Many thinking people in the Province warned you of the adverse political, economic and constitutional complications that Brexit would give rise to. You brushed these warnings off with an arrogance that bordered on recklessness. Now, the pigeons are coming home to roost. Your handiwork has emboldened republicans beyond anything imaginable previously and has given them enough ammunition to keep them going for years. The UK has been backed into a corner and has been shown to be powerless in the face of a united EU. Thanks to your efforts, ultimate control over Northern Ireland looks likely to be surrendered to the Irish Republic and Brussels. Even if some fudge is achieved that allows the UK to save face, the very fact that we have arrived at a situation where the UK government is even considering abandoning Northern Ireland by creating a border in the Irish Sea means that the future of Northern Ireland in the UK can never be vouchsafed again. Well done, DUP! As for Sammy Wilson, perhaps you might start using your brains instead of your bluster from now on. Not much hope of that, of course.

The EU and UK

The EU and UK

James Boyd

Jakarta, Indonesia