Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:13 pm on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Bob Stewart Bob Stewart Conservative, Beckenham 4:13 pm, 24th October 2018

I was here for most of the first part of the debate, but I had to be away to attend a Committee. I just want to agree with the hon. Lady. Only one party is stopping Stormont reconvening, and it is Sinn Féin. It is in Sinn Féin’s interest to screw up—I use that phrase advisedly—the whole idea of Northern Ireland being self-governing, and it will continue to do that. I suspect that we will still be here arguing like this next year. I wish that the situation was not like this, because Northern Ireland is a great place. One party—Sinn Féin—is ruining what should be happening.