NI power sharing talks break down
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