“During the election campaign, Mr Nesbitt regularly claimed he had secured a two-week period for negotiations to take place around forming an Executive. However, during today’s first session of business, he lasted merely two speeches before announcing he would be going into opposition.
“He also repeatedly stated the Programme for Government talks and security situation would form the basis of his decision. The question needs to be asked – did Mike Nesbitt simply mislead the electorate?
“Whether in opposition or not, today’s move by the UUP shows Mr Nesbitt clearly makes decisions based on where he can best be seen, as opposed to what can best help the people of Northern Ireland.”