Now we will find out if the EU really is seeking practical progress, or if it is cynically exploiting the issue as a way to seek leverage.
Any attempt to attack the City is much more likely to result in business lost to New York than to Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt or Luxembourg.
We need a fresh start and a fresh candidate – someone who will work to bridge the divisions in our society.
Much of the debate will focus on jobs and prosperity. These are certainly important factors to bear in mind. But there is another more fundamental issue at stake here.
It resolved a four-year dispute over welfare reform – and paves the way for completion of the devolution of corporation tax powers.
The Northern Ireland Executive now has a chance to build a more prosperous, more stable, more united and more secure future.
First, reach agreement on flags, parading and the past. Second, make difficult but important policy choices. Third, evolve the devolved institutions.
If Northern Ireland’s leaders are prepared to make compromises on ‘the past’, then so is the UK Government