DUP wins latest stage?

Suzanne Breen has been talking to talks insiders about the most recent government paper. She estimates that it represents a victory for the DUP, on a number of counts: not least IRA decommissioning by Christmas and a visual element to the public proof. Though David Vance for one is not sanguine about the likelihood of the former.

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