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The UK Government have the power to impose direct rule on N. Ireland should they so wish, and especially if the devolved institutions aren't working. In fact this is the preferred option for many Unionists, as it emphasizes their "Britishness" and bypasses the institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement, about which they have, at best, ambivalent feelings, and at worst, outright hostility.

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