Poots opposes Irish language ultimatum

Poots opposes Irish language ultimatum

Poots opposes Irish language ultimatum

New DUP leader Edwin Poots has resigned.

The agreement included rights for Irish language speakers and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said the British government had agreed to introduce these through legislation in the London parliament after the DUP refused to do so in Belfast.

Northern Ireland's biggest parties agreed on Thursday to back a replacement for former First Minister Arlene Foster, staving off a fresh political crisis in the British-run region that threatened to lead to a snap election.

"The Party has asked me to remain in post until my successor is elected". The deputy first minister, who, according to Northern Ireland law, should be from Sinn Fein, also stepped down. Sinn Fein had reportedly demanded a commitment from Poots over a timetable for implementing an Irish language legislation.

"We have monumental challenges ahead that will require unity of goal and urgency".

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Poots' resignation comes as speculation of a vote of no confidence could be lodged against the leader who was elected to the role within the DUP just over a month ago on May 14.

"If that becomes necessary, we will introduce legislation in October 2021".

All this came only hours after Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, had convinced Sinn Fein not to collapse the power-sharing agreement over their opposition to Mr Givan's appointment.

So far, Givan is now is expected to be sworn into office as the new first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as deputy first minister.

McDonald added that the agreement with the United Kingdom government marked a "special moment" for Irish-language speakers.

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