Negotiations were entered into, but a deadlock ensued.
The contest between the royal power and that of the Sicilian estates threatened to bring matters to a deadlock, until in 1812, under the impulse of Lord William Bentinck, a constitution modelled largely on that of England was passed by the estates.
At the Paris Conference there was from the first a deadlock in the Adriatic dispute.
Thus the proposal entirely failed of its effect, and as Italy, Yugoslavia and America each adhered to its standpoint, and the two western Powers shrank from any constructive policy, a fresh deadlock ensued.
The fresh deadlock that ensued was by no means distasteful to Rome, which drew encouragement from Wilson'.s,;, .ncreasing impotence at :;home and, therefore played for time.