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A revived Stormont assembly could be part of the Brexit solution, the Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith has said.
In Dublin where he met the deputy prime minister Simon Coveney and a delegation from Sinn Fein, he was asked if Stormont would have a say on regulatory alignment on both sides of the border if Brexit talks collapsed. He replied:
I think it would be very helpful if the assembly was back up and running. I think there are opportunities through the consent mechanisms from the Good Friday agreement and I think the assembly and executive up and running could be part of that.
However he declined to say whether the mechanism would require consensus from Stormont or a majority veto, which raises concerns that the DUP could block regulatory alignment. He went on:
I think you are now drawing me into an area which I am not responsible for. The Brexit negotiations are being led by the prime minister.
The Irish government has said a veto for any Stormont party would not be acceptable to the EU. It has also warned that a deal centring on agri-food alignment only would be doomed to failure as it only accounts for 30% of border trade and does not address other political and cultural issues in the backstop.