Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has said the public needs to be reassured that the Executive has a plan for the way forward following the UK voting in favour of leaving the European Union.
“Despite the clear majority within Northern Ireland voting to Remain within the European Union, we must respect the overall result and deal with it and its implications, political, financial and social,” he said.
“There is no evidence that the Executive has been planning for this outcome. They need to move very quickly to reassure the public that there is a plan, because the full implications for Northern Ireland may not be clear for up to two years.”
He said he was “disappointed” by Sinn Féin’s call for a border poll which he said would introduce further uncertainty.
“I call on the Secretary of State to make clear she will not initiate a referendum on Northern Ireland’s constitutional future,” he added.
“This has been a bitter and divisive campaign. The result changes the nature of the United Kingdom and the Ulster Unionist Party will be tireless in playing its role in ensuring the Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland remains strong.”
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said a referendum on a united Ireland would not be “justified or helpful” at present.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said “the implications for NI and relations will require careful consideration” following the UK's Brexit vote.
Northern Ireland’s leaders have been divided in their reactions to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.