Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Steve Aiken MLA, said:
“Thursday night`s results are disappointing for the Ulster Unionist Party. We have been squeezed by the continuing repercussions from Brexit. It has been a very bad night for unionism overall.
“Boris Johnson will now drive through what is an utterly disastrous deal for Northern Ireland. There will be further consequences for the Union unless Unionism starts to think strategically instead of focusing on short term tactics.
“On our own results, we must reflect on them and start to rebuild. There`s a job of work to be done and I am up for it. The clear message from the electorate is that they want local politicians to get back to work and restore the Assembly and the Executive.
“Last but not least I want to thank all the Ulster Unionist Party candidates and activists who worked tirelessly throughout this election campaign. It is not easy to put your head above the parapet in the cockpit of Northern Ireland politics and we will work together in the future in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland.”