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Why are left-wing unionism or right-wing Irish nationalism unsuccessful in Northern Ireland?

This is a complex question. Relevant factors include, but are not limited to the following: It's easy to overstate the social liberalism of Sinn Fein. It has historically had strong ties to the ...
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What is going on with the DUP party "purge"?

Edwin Poots is the new leader of the DUP. He represents the hard-line, socially conservative branch of the party: It was then he first came to prominence when he opposed the signing of the Good ...
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Is there a clear statement from the DUP on their position on the post-Brexit border with Ireland?

The DUP made its position reasonably clear at a press conference on 4 December 2017: DUP leader Arlene Foster has told a press conference her party "will not accept any regulatory divergence that ...
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Haven't the DUP violated their confidence-and-supply arrangement?

Technically yes, but the agreement has been in question since November last year, when the DUP abstained on a Finance Bill, to indicate their displeasure with (then) May's Brexit approach. The DUP ...
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Why are the conservatives opposed to the DUP?

The DUP hold extremely socially conservative views that are not shared by the majority of the British electorate They are extremely socially conservative They are against LGBT rights The former ...
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What are the key differences between a confidence and supply deal compared to a formal coalition?

This is the UK, so of course there is no formal rule, but based on the 2010 coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, we would expect a full formal coalition to produce a ...
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Would a DUP-Conservative alliance breach the Good Friday Agreement?

The Good Friday Agreement requires "rigorous impartiality" by the UK government, so it can arbitrate between parties in Northern Ireland. A UK government which depends on one of those parties for its ...
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What reasons did the DUP have to oppose the Good Friday Agreement and do those reasons still apply?

This question touches on the political history of Northern Ireland, which is long, complicated and contentious, but the following is my best understanding. The "union" in this case is the one created ...
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Why would a coalition with the DUP bring violence back to Northern Ireland?

The general situation in Ireland can be condensed as follows: Due to the peace agreements, there are two joint "prime ministers" for Northern Ireland, one of them Unionist and the other Nationalist. ...
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What could the conservatives do if a deal is not met with the DUP?

May could attempt to form a minority government. The ability of a government to function depends on its ability to win votes in the House of Commons. The DUP may continue to support the government on ...
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Why are left-wing unionism or right-wing Irish nationalism unsuccessful in Northern Ireland?

Nationalists and Unionists represent two different social, economic and religious groups within Northern Ireland. It is these differences than lead to differences in political philosophy. Unionists ...
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Why are left-wing unionism or right-wing Irish nationalism unsuccessful in Northern Ireland?

It's worth considering that the left right spectrum doesn't do well at encompassing all political positions 1. To put this in context if we take the left to be socialism/communism and the right to be ...
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Why are left-wing unionism or right-wing Irish nationalism unsuccessful in Northern Ireland?

Simple explanations of politics in Northern Ireland are usually wrong There is a piece of not-well-known history that illuminates some of the issues. Northern Ireland has had a party that was both pro-...
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