UK Appeals for Belfast Breakthrough to Save Unity Government

تم نشره في Wed 11 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Wed 11 January / Jan 2017. 07:10 PM

LONDON — Britain's minister for Northern Ireland has appealed to rival leaders to save their failing unity government and prevent a snap election that will do nothing to solve the political crisis.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire told lawmakers Tuesday that the surprise resignation of the Belfast coalition's senior Catholic politician means the British government in London will be legally obliged to dissolve the Northern Ireland Assembly unless a Belfast breakthrough can be achieved within six days.

Brokenshire said: "The clock is ticking. If there is no resolution, an election is inevitable, despite the widely held view that this election may deepen divisions and threaten the continuity of the devolved institutions."