Noel Whelan: Why is anyone surprised at the DUP’s Brexit intransigence?

Reporters who should know better have wasted time on a possible U-turn by the party

DUP leader Arlene Foster says that her party will not back UK prime minster Theresa May's Brexit deal as it would "damage the union."

It is strange that the Democratic Unionist Party’s announcement on Wednesday night that it would vote against the Brexit withdrawal agreement if there was a third “meaningful” vote was such a big news story. It should have come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the politics of Northern Ireland even in a cursory manner in recent decades.

It is shocking how much newspaper space and broadcast air time has been given in recent months to suggestions that the DUP would eventually switch and say Yes to the withdrawal agreement.

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