A senior DUP figure has given the strongest signal yet that the party may accept the power-sharing proposals and timetable put forward by the Irish and British governments.
Peter Robinson, the party's deputy leader, said the proposals outlined at St Andrews last week were infinitely better, from a unionist standpoint, than the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Peter Robinson is widely regarded as being on the more moderate, liberal wing of the party but even so, his endorsement of the deal must encourage both Dublin and London that it may work.
Lashing those within unionism who either claimed it was the "Good Friday Agreement for slow learners" or that it held nothing for unionists, he said both sides were "politically potty" and ignored the facts.
Provided it could be fine-tuned and was delivered on by republicans, Mr Robinson said it tied them into policing and held all ministers accountable to the Assembly where unionists have a majority.