Newton Emerson: Abortion referendum puts DUP conservatism in the spotlight

The social policy border down the Irish Sea is understood to work in both directions

Labour MP Stella Creasy is calling on the British government to repeal a 150-year-old piece of UK legislation that criminalises abortion in Northern Ireland. Video: Parliamentlive.tv

One year ago this month, the DUP embarked on post-election talks with the Conservatives on a confidence-and-supply agreement.

Liberal England was aghast at the provincial barbarians at its gates and for weeks heaped derision on the unionist party that was framed by almost universal media hostility. The bans on same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland became totemic.

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