Steven Agnew MLA

Something must change if talk resume – starting with the Secretary of State’s lacklustre approach

Monday 03 July 2017

The Green Party leader Steven Agnew has said that the “non-statement” in the House of Commons this afternoon is indicative of the Secretary of State’s lacklustre approach to Northern Ireland affairs.

Steven Agnew has said that the James Brokenshire’s approach coupled with the conduct of the traditional parties means that “something must change” if any future talks are to have any chance of success.

Steven Agnew MLA said: “The talks have rumbled on for six months without success. The traditional parties have tried to save face, played the blame game and ultimately failed to put people first.

“If the talks resume without a change in set up, I doubt that the result will differ. The Secretary of State has not shown the decisiveness needed to help make a deal possible.

“We must take the key talks players out of their comfort zones. They must realise that the vast majority of people want the institutions back up and running.

“I’d suggest that a new Chair with international standing comes in – an injection of energy and impetus is needed.

“This break in discussions means that there is now time for an independent Chair of the overall process to be appointed.”

Steven Agnew, who has been an MLA for North Down since 2011 concluded:

“We cannot do the same thing over and over again with a lacklustre Secretary at the helm and expect a different result – something must change.”


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