North talks extended
THE deadline for talks to form a power-sharing executive in the North is to be extended until June after the calling of the snap UK election, sources indicated last night.
Several parties said the talks had been rendered unsustainable by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision on Tuesday to call a general election for June 8.
The extension allows the British government to avoid deciding whether to call a fresh Assembly election – the third in a year – or to revert to direct rule for the first time in a decade.
An official close to the Assembly and a member of one of the parties involved in the talks confirmed a decision had been made to extend the deadline.
The Assembly collapsed in January when Sinn Féin withdrew over the ‘Cash for Ash’ scandal, saying tit was being treated with ‘deep-seated arrogance’ by First Minister Arlene Foster.