The golden rule in politics is never to open an option unless you are prepared to deal with all the possible outcomes. Currently there is no sign that there is any external pressure that can be applied to either the DUP or Sinn Fein to cut the kind of deal that both British and Irish governments are keen on. However, Frank Millar in the Irish Times hints at one possible action open to the British Prime Minister, if there is no deal emergent from the current rounds of talks:
“Mr Blair might put it up to both sides, and defy either to refuse him in a vote on his own proposed solution on the floor of the Stormont Assembly”.
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