DUP and UUP fail to agree formal pact

From the BBC’S Mark Devenport;

DUP leader Arlene Foster and UUP leader Robin Swann said they would continue to discuss better unionist co-operation beyond the election.

But they could not agree on an overall pact, despite the parties already deciding against splitting the unionist vote in some key constituencies.

The report continues quoting both leaders;

“Both of our parties want to see the strongest possible vote for pro-union candidates standing in all of the 18 constituencies across Northern Ireland,” they said.

“While our parties have not concluded any formal pact arrangements on this occasion we are resolved to continue discussions in the interests of better unionist co-operation beyond this election period.”

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs