The Belfast Newsletter, 12 January
Speaking on BBC News NI’s The View programme, Sir Robert Buckland was asked if the “old-style direct rule of the past” was off the table.
The Conservative MP resplied: “I think so.
“I think anybody who like many of us will have remembered and read and committed parts of the process of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement to memory, will know there is no going back to that previous dispensation.
Tory colleague David Jones, the deputy chair of the European Research Group says its MPs would oppose such a move. The former Welsh Secretary told the News Letter: “Any involvement by the Irish government in the administration of Northern Ireland would be unacceptable to most, if not all, Conservative colleagues”.
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