New legislation sets March 7th as date for Assembly election
The British Government has published legislation to give effect to the St Andrew's proposals for restoring devolution in the North.
The bill, as expected, sets March 7th as the date for the next Assembly election.
The Assembly will then take power from London on March 26th, but will be immediately dissolved if the power-sharing Executive is not restored by then.
Elsewhere, the new legislation also confirms that ministers will in future be required to formally pledge support for the police, the courts and the rule of law and to fully participate in cross-border bodies.