What can London do now for peace?

What can London do now for peace?

In Northern Ireland, Unionists are dealing with conflict, and voters have been punished for it. A majority of voters want a government that works in Belfast. The Tories in London must also understand this and push for a quick deal on customs with the EU.

Michelle O’Neill was the first Sinn Féin politician to be elected Prime Minister in Belfast, but unionists opposed the formation of a government.

Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

Success is considered history. A republican party wins an election in Northern Ireland for the first time since the partition of Ireland 100 years ago. Sinn Féin Deputy Chairwoman Michelle O’Neill claims she will lead local government in Belfast. But whether that will ever happen is uncertain. The second-placed Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has refused to co-operate with Sinn Féin to form a new government. However, it is necessary to form a government under the Basic Agreement of the Northern Irish Peace Order concluded on Good Friday 1998. If the DUP survives, Northern Ireland will continue to govern London without its own government, an unacceptable situation.

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