6 May 1921
The Allies sent a demand to Germany saying that treaty obligations must be met, as well as reparation payments made for the First World War. David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, confirmed that the ultimatum had been given to the German Ambassador and said that it was essential that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles were met. He added that this was essential not just for the Allies to be reimbursed, but also for Germany to be treated with respect in Europe once again.
James Craig, who was to become the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, said that it was essential for the province to “sweep all the six counties on the day of the poll”.