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Pro-EU unionist party set to run against Ian Paisley in North Antrim

A new pro-EU unionist party will contest a possible North Antrim by-election against the DUP's Ian Paisley.

The Irish News reports the Both Unions Party believes that keeping the United Kingdom in the EU improves the chance of keeping the union together.

The party was registered with the Electoral Commission earlier this week and is led by Dirk Hazell, an outspoken critic of Brexit and leader of the UK branch of the European People's Party, an EU-level political grouping of conservative and Christian democratic parties.

The Both Unions Party is being backed by former Tory MEP John Stevens and Geoffrey Martin, previously a high-ranking European diplomat.

The result of the recall petition on whether or not a by-election will be held in Ian Paisley's constituency will be announced next Thursday.

Chief Electoral Officer Virginia McVea will announce if the required 10% of constituents have signed the petition, the deciding factor in whether a by-election will be held.

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