On Friday the UUP Chief Whip, Fred Cobain, repeated the call to break the link with the Conservatives if they do not amend the St Andrews Act. He admitted that they show no sign of doing so. The News Letter article claims:
"Several figures key to the Conservative and Unionist project privately admit that the two parties relationship is over in all but name..."
However, in some unfortunate message timing, Jim Nicholson MEP had an insert in the Belfast Telegraph outlining his work. On the front page it had the logos of the Conservatives in Europe and the European Conservative grouping.
With the deadline past for the UUP to outline what it thinks is the future of the link, publicly at least it appears to be at cross purposes.