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From the Sun’s Harry Cole

Michelle O’Neill, the Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland, who is set to become first minister when (or if) the Northern Ireland executive is reconstituted, is due to meet Conservative MPs in the Commons later today.

I think it’s really important that … we take this opportunity to put across the fact that, a number of things I suppose, firstly that the democratic outcome of the election must be respected, that the British government need to stop pandering to the DUP, that the DUP’s voice does not reflect the wider view at home.

The reality is that the protocol is working. The reality is the business community at home want to see economic certainty. They want clarity around what’s next.

Yes, and I have done in the past week. And I think it’s important that also if the democratic outcome of the election is respected I would be the first minister of the Northern Ireland executive.

So I think we shouldn’t get hung up on those things. It’s the beauty of the Good Friday agreement: British, Irish or both or neither. So I think that that’s important. I think we should be a bit relaxed about those things.

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