DUP needs Brexit border mandate

In the Brexit referendum in 2016, the people of Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union.

The stance that MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party are taking is to leave the EU. Do they have a mandate?

The so-called hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is coming, so a referendum in the latter is required to determine where the people there want the border, on land or in the Irish Sea.

Northern Ireland is a devolved area in the UK and –similar to Scotland’s decision to hold a referendum on independence – Northern Ireland should be able to hold a referendum to decide where the hard border should be.

Jim Short, by email

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