Lon­don to im­pose bud­get on NI

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LON­DON: Law­mak­ers in Bri­tain voted to im­pose a bud­get on North­ern Ire­land on Mon­day, in a move seen as a step to­wards tak­ing di­rect rule of the semi-au­ton­o­mous prov­ince, which has been dead locked 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 dur­ing a de­bate.

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