In the parliamentary elections, the DUP and Sinn Féin won both seats and thus consolidated their position as the two main parties in the Assembly. Peter Hain signed the order to restore the institutions on March 25 and warned that the meeting would be closed if the parties did not reach an agreement before midnight the next day. DuP and Sinn Féin members, led by Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, met for the first time in person on 26 March and agreed to form an executive on 8 May, with the DUP firmly committing to entering government with Sinn Féin. Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern welcomed the agreement. On 27 March, the emergency law was presented to the British Parliament to facilitate the six-week delay. The St Andrews Agreement No 2 was passed without a vote in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and obtained royal approval, such as the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007, that evening. Reg Empey, president of the Ulster Unionist Party, called the agreement a “Belfast agreement for slow learners.” The joint statement of 13 October stated that the governments had “asked the parties, after hearing from their members, to confirm their agreement by 10 November”. In a statement, Sinn Féin said that “on 6 November, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course of action taken in St Andrews and to continue the ongoing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues” and that they are “firmly convinced that all outstanding difficulties can be resolved.” According to the DUP statement, “As Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in police work, the DUP will not be obliged to engage on any aspect of power-sharing before that certainty.” While neither statement “accepted” the agreement, both governments stated that there was sufficient support from all parties to continue the process. Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain called the deal an “amazing breakthrough” on BBC Five Live. On November 22, 2006, the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received royal approval. The St Andrews Agreement also mentions the difficult issues on which the two major parties must agree to meet this timetable. The Provisional IRA announces the end of its armed campaign (2005) Blair and Ahern`s agreement on restoring decentralisation (2006) The St Andrews Agreement (2006) The Journey (2016 film) A peace agreement negotiated between the British and Irish governments as well as key political representatives, including Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin, and Ian Paisley of the Democratic Party. The agreement aimed to revive the peace process in Northern Ireland, which was stalled until 2005, when the IRA completed the destruction of its weapons.
It called for the takeover of Stormont and the establishment of a government in which Paisley would be the first prime minister to share power with Sinn Féin until 26 March 2007, after a referendum in Northern Ireland. 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.