Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-
“I welcome the fact the DUP has faced some measure of reality. With Sinn Fein never in Stormont to make Northern Ireland work this was an overdue conclusion to the present pointless talks.
“However, they need to go further and accept that things can only move forward by fully accepting the demonstrated reality that mandatory coalition can and will never work.
“This system of devolution is doomed to constant deadlock and failure. Only a coalition of the willing stands any chance of success. If such is not attainable then we need government from the only other place it can come from, Westminster.”