Amendment 5

Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Alderdice Lord Alderdice Liberal Democrat 5:30 pm, 17th July 2019

I wholly accept what the noble Lord says: he does not intend to push things towards direct rule. However, the implication of him having to raise these matters through amendments here, rather than them being raised by colleagues back in Belfast—despite what all of us wish, which is to move towards devolution—is that we cannot continue with no Government in the medium term. That is what we have. I entirely accept his bona fide commitment to devolution but that is an inevitable consequence.