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12/04/2017

Talks To Form New Power-Sharing Executive Suspended

Talks aimed at forming a new power-sharing Executive have been suspended until after the Easter break.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire made the announcement as no agreement has been reached.

He said: "All the parties have been actively engaged and some further progress has been made, including on the formation of an Executive and on legacy. There is, however, still a lack of agreement between the parties on a small but significant number of issues. The restoration of devolved government remains achievable, but more time and a more focused engagement on the critical issues are required.
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"The parties will have a final opportunity after Easter to reach agreement, building on the discussions which have taken place over the past six weeks.

"I said that I would use the period up to Easter to determine what legislation should be introduced into Parliament after Easter to address immediate requirements. I have already indicated that I will introduce legislation to set this year's regional rate to address the urgent need for rates bills to be issued by Councils. In addition, I believe it is also right to introduce provisions that would enable an Executive to be formed in early May should agreement be reached."

(CD)

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