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Northern Ireland Stormont sitting delayed as support grows for second recall – abortion and same sex marriage to become legal at midnight



Pro choice campaigners backed by Amnesty International pictured at Stormont ahead of todays ruling that will decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Credit Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Pro choice campaigners backed by Amnesty International pictured at Stormont ahead of todays ruling that will decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Credit Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Gareth Cross

The Stormont Assembly is meeting on Monday for the first time since 2017 to discuss abortion reform.

At midnight on Monday abortion and same-sex marriage will become legal in Northern Ireland if an Executive is not formed after legislation was introduced at Westminster earlier this year.

Former Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan invited MLAs to recall the Assembly to stop the reform.

The Speaker, currently the DUP’s Robin Newton, can recall the Assembly if more than 30 MLAs support it. The move has the support of the DUP, including South Down MLA Jim Wells who has had the whip removed.

The meeting will be largely symbolic as the first duty for MLAs will be to elect a new Stormont Speaker which will require cross community support. And abortion can only be blocked if the Executive is restored – which requires Sinn Fein support and the party has refused to take part.

UUP MLA Doug Beattie has also tabled a bid to recall the Assembly on Tuesday to discuss the collapse of power sharing. Follow all the updates on our live blog below:

Belfast Telegraph Digital




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