The Democratic Unionist Party has approved a deal with the UK government to restore power-sharing Northern Irelandending two years of political deadlock.
Sir Geoffrey Donaldson has said the party will restore the mothballed Stormont executive and parliament once the government brings forward promised legislation.
“I’m pleased to report that the party executive has now approved my recommendations to the party,” he told a news conference earlier on Tuesday, following a dramatic five-hour speech at the party’s 130-member caucus. and defeated hardline rivals in chaotic meetings. – Member Executive. “The result is clear, the DUP is decisive and I am empowered to move on.”
Democratic Unionist Party Stormont collapse in February 2022 Protest against post-Brexit trading arrangements which it says undermine Northern Ireland’s place in the UK. The impasse has left civil servants running Northern Ireland on autopilot amid a financial crisis and collapse of public services. strike and doubts about the return of devolved government.
However, the boycott proved popular with DUP supporters and strengthened its electoral position, complicating Donaldson’s efforts to abandon the protest.
Tuesday morning’s breakthrough paves the way for Sinn Féin, which replaces the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as the largest party at the 2022 parliamentary elections, to take on the first ministerial role for the first time under its deputy leader. Michelle O’Neill – A symbolic and historic precedent. Members of the DUP will be eligible to serve as deputy first minister, a position that carries the same power but less prestige.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald expressed optimism that Stormont would be able to return before the February 8 legislative deadline to form a government. “Sinn Féin will now engage with all parties and both governments to ensure we all move forward without delay now,” she said.
Donaldson said the deal, which has not yet been announced, would safeguard Northern Ireland’s place in the UK and restore its place in the UK’s internal market. Northern Ireland and will automatically end in Northern Ireland under future EU law,” he said.
Once the deal is unveiled, it will be scrutinized by Conservative MPs for any sign that Downing Street has weakened its ability to depart from EU rules.
Donaldson said Rishi Sunak’s government needed to deliver on legislative commitments made to the DUP before the party could resume power-sharing. “The package of measures will require a significant amount of action and we look forward with confidence to their continued implementation.” Implemented according to agreed timetable. “
Donaldson said that on this basis, the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland will support convening the Northern Ireland Assembly to elect a speaker and promote ministerial nominations.
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris, who has presided over months of tortuous negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), welcomed the news and said London would abide by the deal. Upon return, the political parties with the power to form the executive will meet tomorrow to discuss these matters and I hope that this agreement can be finalized with the parties as soon as possible. “
Dublin, Brussels and Washington will also welcome the restoration of Stormont, a core provision of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Many Northern Ireland nurses, teachers, bus drivers and other public sector workers will also welcome a resurrected executive, a condition of unlocking a £3.3bn financial package from London.
Donaldson’s victory – and possibly his leadership – will be tested in the coming days by hardliners who see the deal as a betrayal that will weaken unions and increase the likelihood of party splits. Donaldson did not disclose the majority voting in favor of the agreement. .
Senior figures in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), including Sammy Wilson and Nigel Dodds, have warned against a compromise that would simply adjust the Irish Sea border. It ended shortly before 1am.
Traditional Fine Gael Voice party and prominent loyalist Jamie Bryson condemned Donaldson. Meeting It was supposed to be confidential, but Bryson live-tweeted the incident, suggesting he had a source in the room. “There’s only one betrayal and that’s a mandate from the DUP,” Bryson wrote on Twitter.