Newton Emerson: Can the DUP sell its Brexit backstop climbdown?

The DUP's Brexit hardball has gone flat

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson MP, continues to demand the backstop be scrapped, forcing the party to deny a split. Photograph: Getty Images

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson MP, continues to demand the backstop be scrapped, forcing the party to deny a split. Photograph: Getty Images

Yards from the finishing line, the DUP’s Brexit hardball has gone flat. Even the party’s harshest critics must concede it has had a good run, at least within its own stated terms. The unionist tail has wagged the Westminster dog for a year and a half without the British government or any significant faction of the Conservative Party openly turning against it.

Nor has British public opinion spurned the union or unionism beyond the vocal minority which has always been so inclined.

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