“We have to find another basis to move…”

Aha, this may be what Vincent was anticipating. Looking again at Adams’ statement again, it looks like Sinn Fein is leaving open its option to break the deal… The relevant para:

“So the context has been changed completely. The DUP have refused to accept power sharing within the St. Andrews timeframe. The basis of the Ard Chomhairle motion has been removed. We have to find another basis to move forward. It will be very difficult but I see this as a challenge to be faced and overcome”.

The ball is with the ard comhairle, so we await to see some kind of outcome tomorrow. But Adams has certainly given them a nod that would enable them to collapse what’s left of Peter Hain’s fragile timetable.

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