DUP confirms it will block election of speaker today meaning new Stormont Executive cannot be formed https://t.co/rYXb7KZIaS
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The first order of business will then be the election of a new Speaker and two deputies. This requires the support of a majority of all Members of the Assembly as well as a majority of the nationalist and unionist designations.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has confirmed that his party will not support these appointments as part of his campaign against the Northern Ireland Protocol.
In a statement to Belfast’s daily Unionist newspaper the News Letter, he said the protocol is eroding the very foundations that devolution has been built upon.
The decision means the Assembly cannot even discuss the appointment of a First and Deputy First Minister.