Boundary changes big sticking point in Tory/#DUP deal – and major risk to peace

The SKWAWKBOX

Sources in Northern Ireland have told the SKWAWKBOX that the main factor holding up a deal between the Tories and the DUP is the issue of boundary changes.

foster may.pngThe Tories want – but may not be able – to push through boundary changes in the UK in a move that will essentially give them a boost of ten seats, with many commentators recognising this as little more than a naked attempt to gerrymander our political system in their favour.

However, the different contours of the political landscape in Northern Ireland mean that, while the DUP may agree with the Tories on issues of social conservatism, they are dead-set against the boundary changes that will cost them three seats. By contrast, Sinn Fein would favour changes that would reduce a loyalist advantage.

DUP sources have been withering about the Tories’ negotiating skills – which hardly bodes well for the Brexit…

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