Northern Ireland Election LIVE: Sinn Fein set to topple DUP in historic nationalist shift

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If polls are correct, nationalist party Sinn Fein will be entitled to the role of First Minister for the first time ever but will need the support of the largest Unionist party to form a government. But the DUP party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said his party will only enter into a power-sharing government in Stormont if other parties agree that the Northern Ireland Protocol must be removed or replaced. Sinn Fein accused the DUP of refusing to accept the democratic outcome of the election during a leaders’ debate of the five major political parties where Sir Jeffrey accused his nationalist rivals of plotting to hold a unification referendum.

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DUP accuses Sinn Fein of referendum plot

Speaking on Tuesday night, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said Sinn Fein would use the elections to build support for a referendum on a united Ireland.

Anyone who said otherwise was “deluded”, he said.

He added: “I believe a border poll would be divisive and I certainly don’t think we should be focusing on that.”

‘We must deal with the protocol,’ urges DUP leader

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has demanded action on the Northern Ireland Protocol ahead of the National Assembly election tomorrow.  

Sir Jeffrey said: “We must deal with the protocol. We’ve got to get political stability back and all that and we have to have an executive forum on cases that can command cross community support and right now, there is not union support for the protocol. It is harming our politics.”

The DUP is expected to be toppled by Sinn Fein in the polls tomorrow. 

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Good morning from London. I’m Tara Fair, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the Northern Ireland Assembly election. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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