Stormont crisis; the case for suspension

David Goodall in a comment piece in the FT writes:

“What is at stake now is the British government’s credibility as a custodian of the agreement. While expelling Sinn Féin would be an overreaction, waiting wistfully for Mr Adams to make a positive move is not enough. London should declare that, for the moment at least, the degree of mutual confidence needed for a power-sharing executive to operate is lacking. The institutions will therefore be temporarily suspended. The operation of the agreement will be reviewed by the British and Irish governments with the aim of restoring the institutions and holding elections in Northern Ireland as soon as both governments judge this to be feasible.”

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