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Northern Ireland: Stormont powersharing set to return after DUP backs deal

The big news this morning is that, after a two-year hiatus, Powersharing in Northern Ireland is set to return after the DUP party executive backed a British government deal aimed at addressing its concerns over post-Brexit trade barriers.

Barring last minute hitches, the return of Stormont is potentially hugely significant for residents of Northern Ireland where billions in additional funding have been in limbo as a result of the impasse and issues such as pay awards to public sector workers have been stalled due to the lack of a functioning government.

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said he would drop the blockade on devolution at Stormont once the government implemented the various legislative assurances and other measures it has offered his party.

Mr Donaldson told reporters in a post-1am press conference in Co Down that he had secured the “decisive” backing of the 130-strong party executive during a marathon meeting on Monday night.


Analysis: The DUP’s decision: what has the UK offered to try to restart Stormont?: UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has put forward a plan to try to bring unionists onside - but like everything with Brexit it is complicated and controversial.

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