March 28, 2017 / 12:01 PM / 10 months ago

UK to consider all options including direct rule for N.Ireland if talks fail

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - The British government will have to consider all options including direct rule from London if talks to resolve a political crisis in Northern Ireland and set up a new devolved government there fail, Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Tuesday.

A deadline to resolve the crisis and form a new Northern Ireland executive passed on Monday without agreement. Brokenshire gave the parties more time to talk, but said the window of opportunity was short.

”We do not want to see a return to direct rule,“ he told parliament. ”But should talks not succeed in their objective, the government will have to consider all options.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison

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