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DUP Agrees to Restore Power-Sharing in Northern Ireland, Subject to UK Legislation

In a significant development, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has reached an agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland, contingent on the UK government enacting specific legislative measures. The party, which had previously collapsed the power-sharing government in protest against post-Brexit trade arrangements, now seeks a return to devolved governance.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson announced the decision, highlighting that the proposed legislative measures, once implemented by the UK government, would serve as the foundation for the reinstatement of devolved government. The party had previously opposed trade barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland resulting from post-Brexit trade arrangements.

Sir Jeffrey expressed confidence in the progress made during negotiations and underscored the importance of safeguarding Northern Ireland’s position within the UK. A key element for the DUP was the removal of checks on goods moving within the UK and staying in Northern Ireland.

While specific details of the deal have not been disclosed, Sir Jeffrey described the party’s vote as “decisive” and expressed optimism regarding the government’s ability to swiftly bring forward the necessary legislation.

However, he cautioned that the DUP’s commitment to the deal hinges on the UK government fulfilling its obligations in implementing the agreed-upon measures. Sir Jeffrey stated, “Both our party officers and party executive have mandated me to move forward… based on the proposals brought forward by the government, subject to and based on the government delivering measures of that package.”

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald responded to the news with optimism, indicating a potential positive turn in the ongoing efforts to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland. The specifics of the deal are yet to be made public, but both parties express hope for a swift and effective implementation of the agreed-upon measures.

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