July 3, 2017 / 3:23 PM / 5 months ago

Power-sharing deal in N. Ireland still achievable - UK minister

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - Britain’s Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Monday he continued to believe a deal to restore a power-sharing government in the province was achievable and an executive could be formed as early as this week.

Last week politicians in Northern Ireland, where a coalition between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists collapsed in January, missed a deadline to reach an agreement. Brokenshire did not set a new timetable for a deal to be agreed but warned the government would step in if no deal was reached.

“I continue to believe that a deal remains achievable and if agreement is reached I will bring forward legislation to enable an executive to be formed, possibly as early as this week,” he told parliament. (Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper, Writing by Kylie MacLellan)

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