NI power shar­ing talks break down

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TALKS to re­store power shar­ing in North­ern Ire­land col­lapsed last night – in a fresh blow to Theresa May.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the DUP and na­tion­al­ists Sinn Fein at Stor­mont broke down with­out a deal.

DUP leader Ar­lene Foster de­clared there was “no prospect” of a re­turn to de­volved gov­ern­ment, 13 months after the Ex­ec­u­tive were dis­solved.

She walked away from the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble over Repub­li­can de­mands around the Irish lan­guage.

The stale­mate piles re­newed pres­sure on the PM, who is des­per­ate to avoid im­pos­ing direct rule.

May flew to Belfast on Mon­day for talks with the par­ties and Irish PM Leo Varad­kar.

But DUP ne­go­tia­tor Si­mon Hamil­ton said her visit had been a “dis­trac­tion”.

DE­MANDS Ar­lene Foster

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