Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Green Party to get behind calls for Stormont opposition

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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