The DUP had threatened to stop the operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly, in protest at the post-Brexit trade protocol, and today it happened.
The members were registered after elections last week gave Sinn Féin the biggest share of seats.
For the speaker to be sworn in and the assembly to function, the participation of the DUP would be required – but its leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, would not allow it.
Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill accused him of “denying democracy” and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis called on the parties to unite.
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