I missed this from Newton’s Saturday column in the Irish News, but in a land of abundant comment and scarce common sense it most certainly should be read into the record, so to speak:
WHAT sort of Brexit does the DUP want? Arguments over the backstop have distracted from this more fundamental question, which the UK as a whole has barely started to address.
A hint of where the DUP is heading came during this week’s ‘indicative votes’ in Westminster.
The DUP opposed most versions of Brexit considered, including customs union membership, but abstained on the two softest options – membership of the European Economic Area or of the single market and customs union.
This came despite DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds saying “we do not abstain on the union”, in response to speculation on accepting the backstop.
What this means is the DUP wants the softest Brexit possible but is struggling to admit it, because that would mean admitting its support for Brexit has been a terrible mistake.
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