Edwin Poots' view is widely held in unionism

Edwin Poots' comments highlighted the fact that the DUP does not want to be around an Executive table, or any other table, with Sinn Fein
“When you spend most of your time having to explain why you did something, then it’s fairly obvious that you’ve done the wrong thing.” That’s how Peter Robinson responded, in June 2001, when David Trimble stood aside as First Minister and appointed Reg Empey as ‘acting’ First Minister until, “some difficulties in the process are addressed.” Robinson was right and I said so at the time - earning me a rebuke from Trimble. Well, as has happened so often since November 2003, when the DUP nudged ahead of the UUP at the Assembly election, t[...]

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