Theresa May now has cover to legislate for liberalisation - but the DUP could force her to then impose direct rule.
The danger of the current situation in Northern Ireland lies in the fact that Brexit is, effectively, an English nationalist project.
I grew up in a majority Protestant area in Belfast, and only know a few words of Irish. But I love it all the same.
The government barely has the legaslitive power for Brexit, let alone direct rule in Northern Ireland.
Theresa May has long since been criticised for taking little interest in the crisis at Stormont.
The decision point was actually in December.
Continued co-operation in areas including security and counter-terrorism may mean that a hard border in Ireland is a compromise that the EU is also willing to make.
Brokenshire's promising career has come to a sad end.
Theresa May is risking everything in her search for a “good” Brexit deal
There may be trouble ahead for the Prime Minister.
Brexit presents a host of potential problems that Ireland never asked for and could really do without.