Vernon spoke today at the Alliance Party Conference about a positive future for Northern Ireland. In the wake of yesterday's attack on a prison officer in East Belfast, he stressed the continued need to assert the supremacy of the rule of law in efforts to deal with the legacy of the past.
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Vernon also spoke about the importance of the European Union to continued prosperity in Northern Ireland. He made clear that we achieve more together, within the EU, than we could alone and emphasised the benefits that EU membership brings to jobs, trade and investment.
Vernon also paid tribute to Alliance Party leader David Ford and to the work he is doing as Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland.