& when it comes to post-conflict NI, particularly so.
A history of mistrust & misuse of power means that making laws that work for people of all backgrounds = vital.
It's also important that democratic processes are seen to work.
NB downplays significance of those MLAs who are ‘neither’.
A #referendum to find majority approval among the people? Experience tells us (*cough*) there's a risk of people voting for parties to support the harder lines to ensure a strong representation of their view, thus diminishing the middle ground.
Several Qs arise: what if there's no Assembly? If vote fails, what's the alternative? Which part of the WA & when voted on? Wd the Assembly have the competence to vote on such things?
& focus cd be on a properly functioning Assembly doing some proper governance, utilising its connections to UK & IRL, and demanding more of the bodies in the WA.
Here’s something on that: