It seems the Stormont talks are getting closer and closer to producing a new deal. If the DUP agrees to a standalone Irish Language Act and/or same sex marriage, will there be a split in the DUP, with Jim Allister's Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) making gains?
Jim Wells (one of the few still-active MLAs who was elected in 1998) is on record saying he will split away if gay marriage is ever introduced to Northern Ireland. One wonders if other ultra conservative DUP MLAs such as Mervyn Storey would be prepared to jump ship as well.
I expect the TUV will gain a modest amount of votes if the DUP ends up softening its stance on the Irish language or the same sex marriage issue, although it has limited room to grow. What do you think?
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