Paisley: stable settlement will take time

The leader of the DUP has said there is no rush for a settlement. Just how long is a matter for lengthy conjecture. In fact there is nothing in any negotiations timetable to prevent things dragging on until past the next general election (expected in early summer next year. That would then give the two main protagonists another two years before facing any further democratic tests. Just the kind of space we might expect to see radical developments.

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