Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann MLA has said that the UK Government has put the cart before the horse by calling the British Irish Inter-Governmental Conference.
Robin Swann MLA said:
“The UK Government is putting the cart before the horse. We should be concentrating on talks in Belfast to restore the Executive and Assembly.
“This is where the energy and focus should be. Given the structure of the BIIGC, which must focus on non-devolved issues within the three stranded approach, it is hard to see how it will move us any closer to restoring devolution.
“If the Secretary of State isn’t going to resume talks to restore the Executive and Assembly, then the UK Government must move to appoint Ministers.”