UUP to vote on whether to lead formal Opposition

Ulster Unionist party leader Mike Nesbitt leads a party delegation to Stormont House to meet the Secretary of State regarding the existence of the Provisional IRA following the murder of Kevin McGuigan

Ulster Unionist party leader Mike Nesbitt leads a party delegation to Stormont House to meet the Secretary of State regarding the existence of the Provisional IRA following the murder of Kevin McGuigan

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The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) will decide on Saturday evening whether or not to leave the Stormont Executive to lead a formal Opposition that could include gene pool Ulster Unionists who have left the fold and Jim Allister.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt made the announcement on Wednesday, August 26.

He said the party wanted clarity on the status of the Provisional IRA and its current command structure if it’s proven to be still extant.

The move has the unanimous support of the UUP Stormont parliamentary grouping, its MPs, its MEP and its Council leaders, and was prompted by the recent murder of former Provo Kevin McGuigan in the Short Strand.