The Ulster Unionist Party withdraw from the Northern Ireland Executive

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The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) have confirmed that they will be withdrawing from the Northern Ireland Executive. The decision comes following the murder of Kevin McGuigan which the Police Service of Northern Ireland said was committed by members of the Provisional IRA.

Mike Nesbitt, the leader of the UUP, said that he supported the decision to withdraw from the Executive. He added that:

“Sinn Fein no credibility and we have no trust and without trust we have nothing”.

Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland Secretary, said:

“This is a matter for the Ulster Unionist Party who take their own decisions. The Government remains fully committed to the devolved political institutions and to the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. Over the coming days, I shall be continuing my discussions with the parties about fallout from the murder of Kevin McGuigan”.

Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, had previously said:

“The IRA has gone and is not coming back”.