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Ending Suspension

Part of Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:29 pm on 8th February 2000.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara Labour, Kingston upon Hull North 10:29 pm, 8th February 2000

I have followed my hon. Friend's speech with care. However, how are we likely to be able to persuade Unionism to come back into the Assembly and the Executive, given that the Anglo-Irish agreement has now gone and that articles 2 and 3 are changed—which were the two main points that Unionism wanted to achieve in the negotiations? They have been achieved but there has been no quid pro quo. How will the situation be restored and, in particular, how will we maintain the Irish dimension, which has also now gone?