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Johnson urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

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Published on August 05, 2019 with No Comments

Prime Minister of United Kingdom Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed.

Johnson held a private meeting with senior DUP figures, whose support he relies on in Parliament. A  Downing Street spokesperson said Mr Johnson told the parties while there had been constructive progress in the talks at Stormont, “there now needed to be serious and intense engagement to get this done”. The spokesperson added that Mr Johnson had told the parties the UK would be leaving the EU on 31 October “come what may” and his intention was to do so with a deal.

In all scenarios, the government was committed to the Good Friday Agreement and in no circumstances would there be physical checks or infrastructure on the border, they said.

 

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