LONDON, March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa
May called on the rival political parties in Northern Ireland to
come together and form a regional government so their voice can
be heard in Brexit negotiations.
Northern Ireland politics has been in crisis since Irish
nationalist party Sinn Fein pulled out of government in January,
sparking a March 2 election that ended the majority that
pro-British unionists had enjoyed in the province for almost a
Northern Ireland voted 56 to 44 percent to remain in the
European Union in last June's referendum but the United Kingdom
as a whole voted to leave.
"The best result to ensure the voice of a devolved
administration in Northern Ireland can be heard within these
negotiations is for the parties to come together and for us to
see that strong and devolved government which will provide us
with that interlocutor," May told parliament after she triggered
the formal Brexit process.
(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison)