Governments are ‘DUP-ed’ in Brexit talks

Inside Politics: Arlene Foster insists her party ‘will not accept any form of regulatory divergence’

DUP leader Arlene Foster’s phone call to British prime minister Theresa May dashed hopes for a Border deal. Photograph: Getty Images

DUP leader Arlene Foster’s phone call to British prime minister Theresa May dashed hopes for a Border deal. Photograph: Getty Images

With one phone call yesterday, DUP leader Arlene Foster erected a barricade along the Border bearing the legend: “Not an inch”.

The narrative that unravelled messily yesterday was a textbook illustration of something that was too good to be true.

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