The “Big Stick” just got smaller

Nationalists have been “optimistically” interpreting the Plan B of the two governments as joint authority even joint sovereignty. However, Peter Hain in an interview on Inside Politics said:

“There’s no question of joint authority or anything like that. There’s no question of joint government. That would be in contravention of the referendum that that the people of Northern Ireland voted on when they endorsed the Good Friday Agreement. So there’s no issue about that, it’s not a constitutional matter.”

The principle of consent to constitutional change will remain with or without an assembly. The 24th November 2006 deadline will also be put into law.