Bud­get im­posed on N. Ire­land

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Lon­don: Law­mak­ers in Bri­tain voted to im­pose a bud­get on North­ern Ire­land, in a move seen as a step to­wards tak­ing di­rect rule of the semi-au­ton­o­mous prov­ince, which has been dead­locked for months by a dis­pute be­tween na­tion­al­ists and union­ists.

North­ern Ire­land Sec­re­tary James Bro­ken­shire in­tro­duced the bud­get with “the ut­most re­luc­tance” and said there was “no other choice” af­ter the fail­ure of months of ef­forts to bring the two sides in Belfast’s power-shar­ing assem­bly to­gether.

“My strong pref­er­ence would be for a re­stored ex­ec­u­tive in North­ern Ire­land to take for­ward its own bud­get,” he told MPs.

North­ern Ire­land has been with­out an ex­ec­u­tive for more than 10 months. Its two largest par­ties – the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party (DUP), cur­rently in a coali­tion with his rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive Party, and the na­tion­al­ists Sinn Fein – have failed to agree on a power-shar­ing ex­ec­u­tive, wran­gling over sev­eral is­sues in­clud­ing an Ir­ish lan­guage law.

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