- Title: Britain to decide Northern Ireland's fate after talks fail
- Date: 27th March 2017
- Summary: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF STORMONT, SEAT OF NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY
- Embargoed: 10th April 2017 13:43
- Keywords: Northern Ireland Britain Sinn Fein Westminster Brokenshire Arlene Foster Michelle O'Neill Home Rule DUP Gerry Adams
- Location: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00269QK093
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES
Britain's Northern Ireland minister must decide whether to call another election, return to direct British rule of the province or give parties more time after talks to form a new regional government failed.
Northern Ireland's biggest pro-British unionist and Irish nationalist parties had until 1500 GMT on Monday (March 27) to form a new power-sharing government after an election, but all said a deal would not be reached after little progress was made on a range of issues dividing them.
The failure to restore the province's administration after its collapse in January prolongs a period of political paralysis just as Britain starts talks to leave the European Union that will determine Northern Ireland's political and economic future.
The leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein both confirmed that an agreement had not been reached, each blaming the other for the failure.
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