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Cameron ‘playing with fire’ in plan that may bar Sinn Féin from power

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/12/2010

Sam Coates

"The Conservatives were accused last night of threatening the Northern Ireland peace process by backing changes that could give the Ulster Unionists a stranglehold on power.

"The party is also prepared to intervene if Sinn Féin becomes the largest party after next year's elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It would consider downgrading the post of the Province's First Minister, which normally goes to the largest party, to prevent a walkout by Unionists a move that would effectively prevent Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander, from holding the position.

"The proposals have led to accusations that David Cameron, who has insisted that he is a Unionist, is playing with fire in Northern Ireland. Conservatives insist that they would do nothing to jeopardise the peace process created by the Good Friday agreement. But there remains suspicion at their decision to field candidates jointly with the Ulster Unionist Party, under the banner Ulster Conservatives and Unionists Joint Force."

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"Cameron ‘playing with fire’ in plan that may bar Sinn Féin from power", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2010. Consulté le 26/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/cameron-playing-with-fire-in-plan-that-may-bar-sinn-fein-from-power