Jeffrey Donaldson: Talk of a united Ireland is ‘premature’ when the North is not united

Interview: the DUP leader on powersharing, Brexit and being British and Irish

 Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘I don’t see it as mutually exclusive to be Irish and British, or Northern Irish and British.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘I don’t see it as mutually exclusive to be Irish and British, or Northern Irish and British.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The DUP leader on powersharing, Brexit, being British and Irish and which sports teams he chooses to support

Jeffrey Donaldson’s family has lived in the same part of Northern Ireland for 400 years, in Kilkeel, Co Down, a small fishing town ringed by the Mourne mountains. He is, he says, “a Mourne man”.

His forerunner as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, said she would “probably have to move” if there was a united Ireland. When the question is put to Donaldson, he does not hesitate.

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