Brexit is the definition of a national issue, but we must listen to what Unionists are telling us

Stephen Donnelly in an interview on RTE yesterday at lunchtime, who said that whilst he is happy with the draft deal on the table over the border – Brexit, he says, is the very definition of a national issue – but we must listen to what Unionists are saying about Dublin’s tone.

He points out that gaps were opening up because of a lack of back-channel contacts between the government in Dublin and the DUP’s own backroom teams: no one on the EU side seems to be able to reliably account for how or why the talks collapsed so spectacularly on Monday.


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