He defined principles designed to give power to a new assembly with a conocratic constitution. The police service would be reorganized to allow equal participation of the two communities. Further measures would be taken to address social and economic inequalities. However, the DUP was not a signatory and continued to oppose the initiative. However, referendums north and south of the border approved the agreement. The new Assembly and the Executive for Power Sharing were created in December 1999 with David Trimble as Prime Minister. In October 2002, labour relations within the executive were broken by all parties and Britain suspended decentralisation. It was now imperative to resolve the remaining problems between the two parties. An important issue was Sinn Féin`s recognition of the new police service, but it was also important to bring Ian Paisley`s DUP to the table. In 2005, when the DUP called for a renegotiation of the Belfast Agreement during the election campaign, the DUP won more seats than the Trimble UUP. This meant that Paisley, known for his anti-Catholic beliefs, had the pretension to become prime minister. The fact that the largest loyalist party remains outside the process would not be democratic. The St Andrews talks, from 11 to 14 October 2006, were aimed at reviving the failed Belfast initiative.

Paisley accepted assurances that Sinn Féin would cooperate with the new police agreement and participated in the discussions. Earlier, in May, he had turned down an offer to become prime minister and had always refused to cooperate with Sinn Féin. [1] Section 21, paragraph 1, paragraph 6, points a) and b) of the 2006 order (S.I. 2006/1915 (N.I. 11). On November 22, 2006, the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received royal approval. Agreement on multi-party negotiations concluded from 11 October to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. Key elements of the agreement included Sinn Féin`s full acceptance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the commitment of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland executive. The government`s plan called for the decentralisation of police and justice powers within two years of the reinstatement of the Northern Ireland executive.

The parties had until November 10, 2006 to respond to the draft agreement. The first and deputy prime ministers would be appointed on November 24, 2006. After the parliamentary elections of 7 March 2007, 26 March 2007 was set for a new executive. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 provides that, following an election to the Assembly on 7 March 2007, ministerial functions under the Hondt system will be filled on 26 March 2007. If ministerial duties could not be filled at that time, the law required the Minister of Northern Ireland to have an order to dissolve the Assembly and the St Andrews agreement to fall. The St Andrews Agreement (Irish: Comhaonté Chill R`mhinn; Ulster Scots: St Andra`s `Greement, St Andrew`s Greeance[1] or St Andrae`s Greeance[2]) is an agreement between the British and Irish governments and the political parties in Northern Ireland on the decentralisation of power in the region. The agreement was the result of multi-party discussions that took place from 11 to 13 October 2006 in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the two largest parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It led to the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new executive power in Northern Ireland and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Northern Ireland Police Service, the courts and the rule of law.