The leader of the DUP has confirmed his party WON'T support the election of a Stormont speaker - when the Assembly meets later for the first time since the election.
The party also won't be nominating a Deputy First Minister - until the UK Government acts on the Northern Ireland protocol.
Westminster's thought to be on the cusp of doing that - with an announcement expected any day now.
The DUP's move will mean neither the Executive or Assembly will be able to function properly.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson reckons his strategy - which has been strongly criticised by Sinn Fein and other Stormont parties - will pay off: