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Green Party to get behind calls for Stormont opposition

By Noel McAdam

Published 27/10/2012

Green Party’s Steven Agnew
Green Party’s Steven Agnew

The Green Party is today set to throw its weight behind the formation of an opposition at Stormont — endorsed by the first referendum in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement.

The party’s annual conference in Belfast, at Stranmillis College, will today debate a motion from the party executive calling for inter-party negotiations following the next Assembly election.

It admits the proposals, which also include a demand that the post-election talks should agree the blueprint to govern the province, represent a “fundamental change to the principles underlying” the 1998 Agreement.

“(They) should be part of a wider political reform programme tackling other legacy issues arising from the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements. Such a political reform programme should be endorsed by a referendum put to the people of Northern Ireland,” the motion adds.

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