Opposition in government

Sir Reg Empey has signalled that the UUP will provide opposition to the DUP/SF coalition despite taking up office.

We intend to work with other parties of the centre to offer an alternative to the Sinn Fein/DUP axis; an axis built around carve-up and party political self-interest. It will not be in the long term interests of Northern Ireland to sustain an arrangement of this sort. I think voters in future will want a choice based on social and economic issues – in short normal politics in Northern Ireland. In future Administrations parties of a like mind can, and I’m sure will, offer alternative coalitions.

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Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday