It's important to note that with UUP
, nothing will look or behave differently on the surface, UUP
is all underlying platform and service optimization that happens behind the scenes.
walked out of the executive last autumn amid a crisis sparked by an IRA-linked killing.
The ruling executive of the UUP
approved the leader's recommendation at a meeting in an east Belfast hotel.
Democratic Unionist leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson attacked the UUP
decision to vote against the devolution plans.
leader Sir Reg Empey said: "I want to build a political and electoral vehicle which appeals to a wider, broader, deeper vision for ourselves and for Northern Ireland.
It was a final act of defiance to the UUP
leadership, which began when he walked out of final negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998.
Sources said the Lagan Valley MP, who had been touted as a possible leadership challenger, will join UUP
leader David Trimble and Stormont minister Michael McGimpsey at crucial peace process talks involving Tony Blair, Irish Premier Bertie Ahern, the nationalist SDLP and Sinn Fein.
Even without interference from hard-line unionists, the assembly faces failure unless the UUP
agrees to work with its historic enemy, Sinn Fein.
The move by the UUP
means the debate in Northern Ireland will not divide along traditional orange/green lines.
Mr Wilson said: "One UUP
spokesman after another has had their inconsistencies exposed.
The former MP said the UUP
was now ready to play a full part in the BIIPB, which officially changed its name to the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly to accommodate unionist concerns.
As Sir Reg served his first full day as leader of the UUP
, Mr Ahern said the politician's experience and political ability well-qualified him for the new role.