05 July 2019
DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said,
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
“This would be the third Assembly election in just over three years. Since 2016, we’ve had five elections and a referendum. It is hardly a strong case of people being denied their say.
The real problem is SF’s attitude and their boycott of the Executive and Assembly. They blame everyone else - even the Twelfth - for their failures. Rather than giving leadership, their approach is chaotic.
Having increased our support in the Local Government and European elections, we could confidently seek a mandate to restore the NI Assembly and appoint Ministers who can make decisions about our hospitals, GPs, schools and roads.
SF on the other hand would be seeking a mandate to continue their boycott of the Assembly, Executive and Westminster. That’s out of step with the majority of people. Their approach for the last two years has brought nothing but misery to constituents and chaos to our public services. Indeed, their electoral performance in 2019 demonstrates what people think of their approach.
The sensible way forward is to restore the Assembly immediately, appoint Ministers and continue the talks about these issues in parallel to decisions being made.”