DUP: Six week delay was pre arranged…

The DUP is now claiming that they have already agreed a six week with Downing Street on Friday – presumably after the PMOS re-scheduled Monday as a negotiation day, rather than sign-up day. Another deadline wobbles, no doubt before falling… Interesting spin from the SoS articulated on This Week today, in which he said it was up to Sinn Fein and the DUP to ‘do it their way’. If it’s already been okayed at the top, that would seem to take the tension out of finding ‘a third way’ tomorrow, and today has simply been window dressing for a fudge. Unless Sinn Fein decide not to play ball?

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