5 Live phone-in: ‘No better deal for DUP’ and ‘political demise of Boris Johnson’

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Unsurprisingly, there was lots of talk about the DUP and Stormont.

For context, Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government has not functioned fully since February last year, when the Democratic Unionist Party refused to sit in protest against the Protocol.

Leo, a caller from Belfast, said the party now faces a “moment of truth: whether they play a constructive role in the future of NI, based on this deal… or if they’re going to wreck it all by retreating into their ideological purity”.

“They’re not going to get a better deal than this,” he said, insisting the Windsor Framework achieves a balance that works for both nationalists and the unionists in Northern Ireland.

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John, another Northern Irish caller, agreed with Leo. He said if the DUP “doesn’t go back into Stormont now then Stormont is dead”.

They both agreed that this new deal, signed by UK PM Rishi Sunak and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen, is the “final political demise of Boris Johnson”.

Leo said Sunak’s been forced to clean up his predecessor’s mess when it comes to Brexit. But George, from Bolton, reminded listeners that Sunak – Johnson’s former No 2 – is only cleaning up the mess that his own government caused.

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