Nesbitt unhappy with PM snub to Opposition parties

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.
Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Stormont Opposition leader Mike Nesbitt has criticised the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet with parties outside the Executive during her visit to Belfast on Monday.

Mr Nesbitt, who met Mrs May just two days before last month’s EU referendum when she campaigned in his Strangford constituency, told BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster programme: “I regret that the Prime Minister is coming and not engaging with the Opposition.

“I’ve made that point to some officials ... given the fact that she’s flying into Northern Ireland, I think it’s regrettable that she can’t find a small pocket of time to say hello to the Opposition.”

Mr Nesbitt accused the Executive of inaction, saying that the DUP and Sinn Fein “still do not have a plan”.

The Ulster Unionist leader also said: “For nationalists, this is their Anglo-Irish Agreement – a constitutional change being imposed against their will.”