She holds the keys to the future of the Brexit: Arlene Foster, 48 years old, head of the small unionist party DUP, has acquired its strong political beliefs during the Unrest that has engulfed Northern Ireland and defends stubbornly the union of their province with the United Kingdom.
With its 10 mps, the party of Ms. Foster is extra essential with the absolute majority of the First british minister Theresa May in the Westminster Parliament and thus determines largely the fate of the withdrawal agreement of Brexit. Moved on two occasions by the deputies, it will be resubmitted to a vote early next week.
The Party unionist democratic party (DUP), has until now fiercely opposed to the agreement because of the device that is intended to prevent the return to a physical border in Northern Ireland, called “backstop” (“safety net”), fearing that it gives definitely a different status to the province and the isolates from the United Kingdom.
If the DUP softens his position, the withdrawal agreement could be adopted as the supporters of “Brexit” “hard” within the conservative Party, Mrs May said they would be likely to follow in their footsteps, believing it “difficult to be more unionist than the unionists,” according to their herald Jacob Rees-Mogg.
The convictions of Arlene Foster have been forged in the blood. While she is 8 years old, in 1979, of the men of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) fired a bullet in the head of his father, a police officer at half-time, in their farm located near the border and heavily militarized at the time, with the Republic of Ireland. And at 16, she escapes to a terrorist attack against his school bus, perpetrated by the IRA, who was the driver, a member of the armed forces.
This woman of great character, short hair and brown, look impressive, is a lawyer by training and expert in the negotiations. She has as well managed to get more than a billion pounds for its province in exchange for his support to Theresa May.
Married and the mother of three children, she was until recently First minister of Northern Ireland, before leaving his position, entangled in a scandal over the management of subsidies to renewable energy.
It is in line with the ideas of ultra-conservative of his party in matters of morals, against abortion and homosexual marriage, also prohibited in the province.
– ‘Shaped’ by the attacks –
Arlene Foster explained that the attacks she had witnessed in his childhood, had built his vision of life, in an interview in the Belfast Telegraph. “This is part of what I am, you can’t take that away from me. It has shaped my adolescence, my political choices, but at the same time, I don’t think we should let the past decide the future”.
His father had survived the attack of 1979, but his family had then moved, leaving his small farm to the town of Any.
She studied law at Queen’s University Belfast and joined the Association of Young Union, the youth organisation of the unionist Party of Ulster (UUP), the main protestant education, which has ruled almost without opposition in Northern Ireland since the creation of the province in 1922, at the time of the independence of Ireland.
Elected in the new northern ireland assembly in 2003, she left the UUP in the following year to join the DUP, because of a disagreement with the terms of the peace agreement for Northern Ireland that ended in 1998, three decades of violence, negotiated by the UUP.
And she quickly rose in its ranks. Up to become First minister of Northern Ireland in January 2016.
She has had a rocky relationship with his deputy First minister Martin McGuiness, a leader of the republican party Sinn Fein, before the latter resigned in January 2017 and die a few weeks later of illness. The two parties are forced to govern together with the terms of the peace agreements of 1998.
But since then, Ms. Foster and Sinn Fein have failed to reach agreement, and the current affairs of the province are managed by London.