The Bill proposes that any referendum held on changing a UK region’s constitutional status would require a ‘supermajority’ of votes in favour of change in order to succeed.
“Mr Paisley’s efforts here to introduce such a bill are misguided, gimmicky, and, frankly, hypocritical” said Dr O’Lynn.
“This move may also be surprising to some, coming as it does from a party who threw their full political weight behind the hardest Brexit possible following a referendum which, under this Bill’s proposals, likely would not have passed.
“Mr Paisley has spoken of the need for stability and I very much agree. As people here wait for the delivery of support that should have been in place months ago, as we face a budget overspend that will see Westminster taking crucial decisions about our future that should be made locally, and as we head towards a new age of austerity, all I can conclude is that Mr Paisley’s party colleagues should consider getting back to work in Stormont so we can actually provide such stability for the people of Northern Ireland.”