Sec­re­tary of State ap­peals for par­ties to com­pro­mise

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MICHAEL MCHUGH

CLEAR dif­fer­ences re­main between the Stor­mont par­ties, the Sec­re­tary of State has re­vealed.

James Bro­ken­shire said a deal to re­store pow­er­shar­ing has not been reached de­spite re­cent progress.

Mr Bro­ken­shire added: “I want to be in a po­si­tion to leg­is­late to form an Ex­ec­u­tive as soon as pos­si­ble but to do so I would need to be sat­is­fied there is agree­ment between the par­ties.

“If this can­not be re­solved quickly I will need to leg­is­late for a bud­get for North­ern Ire­land by the end of this month and con­sider the next steps.”

HOPE­FUL

Mr Bro­ken­shire said he would be re­luc­tant to see more po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions made at West­min­ster rather than Belfast.

He added: “Now is the time for the par­ties to look beyond their dif­fer­ences, har­ness a spirit of com­pro­mise and reach agree­ment.”

The Sec­re­tary of State said greater Lon­don in­ter­ven­tion would be “a big step back­wards, a step I do not want to have to take”.

The Govern­ment has made par­lia­men­tary time avail­able to re­in­state Stor­mont next week should a deal be clinched.

Leader of the House of Com­mons An­drea Lead­som said she was “hope­ful” of good news.

CALL James Bro­ken­shire

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