Beginnings of a pan Unionist front?

Well probably not. But there’s a decided change in tone from David Trimble following his most recent back room talks with his counterparts in the DUP. And for once, the secondary Ulster Unionist source is on a similar message:”In my view, there is a whole lot more convergence between the parties than there was a week ago and there is strength in that. I am not saying the different unionist parties agree on all the issues but they have common ground on quite a few.”

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