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Alban Maginness: Short-sighted DUP tactics on Brexit will only weaken the unionist cause in the long run 

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Last week was a great one for the DUP. Media-wise it played a blinder in the parliamentary drama at Westminster. It was on every TV channel and reported in every leading newspaper in Britain and beyond. It played a key role in the humbling of Prime Minister Theresa May over her Brexit deal and then patronisingly rescued her from Jeremy Corbyn's motion of no confidence.

The humiliating defeat in the House of Commons of May's EU withdrawal deal is regarded by the DUP and other Brexiteers as a great victory. However, they are deluding themselves, for if this is a victory, then it is a Pyrrhic one, and one that they will live to regret.

For Northern Ireland as a region of the UK, it is particularly damaging, as the defeat of the PM's plan paves the way for a no-deal Brexit, which will be a disaster for our local economy and businesses.

It is the nightmare scenario for farmers, food exporters and industry. The business community is simply bewildered by the tactics of the DUP.

As a result of last week's Commons defeat, the Irish government has now moved to activate its no-deal Brexit plans.

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