Although David Trimble’s warning of a nightmare for Ulster has yet to come to fruition, David Burnside is one senior party member has backed the calling of another meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council, effectively the only decision making body within the UUP. There is some speculation within Unionist circles that Burnside may first in line to succeed Trimble as party leader, were the crisis to precipitate a resignation.
Meanwhile Trimble spells it out for many of his Unionist opponents, that whoever is head of the Unionist poll after the next election, direct rule is not an option.
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