The St Andrews Agreement also outlines the difficult issues on which the two major parties must agree in order to meet this timetable. However, if there is no agreement by 24 November, the agreement makes it clear that the BRITISH and Irish governments would work together to implement a “Plan B” above the minds of Northern Ireland politicians. 1. The St Andrews Agreement was negotiated in October 2006 by the political parties of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Northern Ireland in Scotland. It paved the way for the restoration of decentralization. Key elements of the deal included sinn Féin`s full acceptance of the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI), the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Democratic Unionist Party`s (DUP) commitment to share power with Irish Republicans in the Northern Ireland executive. The government`s plan called for the devolution of police and judicial powers within two years of the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland executive. The parties had until 10 November 2006 to respond to the draft agreement. The First and Deputy Prime Minister would be appointed on November 24, 2006. After the parliamentary elections of 7 March 2007, a new executive was planned for the elections of 26 March 2007. In the weeks following the agreement between Paisley and Adams, the four parties – the DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP – chose the ministries within the executive and appointed members to occupy them. The Assembly met on May 8, 2007 and elected Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. It also ratified the ten ministers as appointed by their parties.
On 12 May, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle agreed to take three seats on the Police Board and appointed three MLAs to take them over. The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 won the election to the Assembly on 7 March 2007 for the ministerial functions of The Ministers of Northern Ireland, under the d`Hondt system, on 26 March 2007. If ministerial posts could not be filled on that day, the law required the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to make an order to dissolve the Assembly and the St Andrews Agreement would fall. The agreement depends on these two parties – and not on the more moderate Ulster Unionists and sdlp who participated in the negotiations of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – because the parties of Mr Paisley and Mr Gerry Adams were the strongest in the last round of elections in Stormont in 2003. . .