A leading loyalist politician has said it would be “foolish of the DUP” not to settle the policing and justice issue this side of a General Election.
Dawn Purvis MLA warned the party against playing into the hands of rival Jim Allister.
“If they go into a Westminster election not having resolved the devolution of policing and justice issue, Jim Allister goes into an election with his message on a plate from the DUP — “vote for me and I will stop this,” the Progressive Unionist Party leader said. Ms Purvis said it was time for the DUP and Sinn Fein to “take a deep breath”.
“What’s more important, the continuation of this process, the continuation of building political stability within these institutions or a standoff over one issue?” she said.