Friday 28 July 2017

James Brokenshire: 'Short window of opportunity' exists to break Stormont deadlock

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire makes a statement outside his office at Stormont House after the breakdown of powersharing talks Photo Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire makes a statement outside his office at Stormont House after the breakdown of powersharing talks Photo Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brian Hutton, David Young and Michael McHugh

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said a "short window of opportunity" exists to restore a powersharing executive in the region.

As the deadline to form a new Stormont administration passed at 4pm on Monday, following last month's snap elections, Mr Brokenshire said there remains "an overwhelming desire" for strong and stable devolved government.

"We now have a short window of opportunity to resolve outstanding issues and for an executive to be formed," he said at a press conference outside Stormont House.

"Everyone owes it to the people of Northern Ireland to grasp that and provide the political leadership and stability that they want."

Mr Brokenshire said he would make a full statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday setting out a way forward for the region.

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