The agreement depends on both sides – not the more moderate Ulster Unionists and the SDLP who participated in the negotiations on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – because the parties of Messrs Paisley and Gerry Adams came out of the last round of the Stormont elections in 2003. The chairman of the British Unionist Party, Robert McCartney, reportedly rejected the power-sharing agreements in the new agreement, which were deemed undemocratic.  On 22 November 2006, the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006, which implemented the agreement, received royal approval. 2.In Section 53 (agreements, etc., by people participating in North-South states… The joint statement of 13 October stated that the governments had “asked the parties, after hearing from their members, to confirm their agreement by 10 November”. In a statement, Sinn Féin said that “on 6 November, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle instructed the party leadership to follow the course of action taken in St Andrews and to continue the ongoing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues” and that they are “firmly convinced that all outstanding difficulties can be resolved.” According to the DUP statement, “As Sinn Féin is not yet ready to take the decisive step in police work, the DUP will not be obliged to engage on any aspect of power-sharing before that certainty.” While neither statement “accepted” the agreement, both governments stated that there was sufficient support from all parties to continue the process. The first step was the 1993 Downing Street Declaration by then British Prime Minister John Major and then Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds. Britain has accepted that it is the Irish people who decide future constitutional rules, while Ireland has abandoned its territorial claim to the North. It was also agreed that Sinn Féin would be welcome at the negotiating table if it renounced violence and disused weapons. Behind the scenes, John Hume of the SDLP`s smallest Republican Party had encouraged Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin to accept these conditions. The ban on Adam`s voice since 1988 has been lifted.
Sinn Féin has participated in official talks.