‘Little or no chance’ DUP will re-enter power sharing before Christmas
Irish and British governments pessimistic of Stormont restoration as Jeffrey Donaldson unlikely to accept reduction in checks under Windsor Agreement
The Irish and British governments are extremely pessimistic about the prospects of the DUP re-entering power sharing before Christmas, according to sources in both governments.
There has been no power-sharing government in Stormont for more than a year-and-a-half due because a new executive cannot be formed without a DUP nomination for deputy first minister.
The DUP continues to insist that it will not move unless there are decisive changes to the Northern Ireland protocol.