February 12, 2018 / 6:25 PM / 9 months ago

May sees possibility of restored government in Northern Ireland very soon

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaks outside Stormont House, in Belfast, Northern Ireland February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

BELFAST (Reuters) - Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said she asked political parties in Northern Ireland on Monday to make one last effort to restore devolved government and saw the possibility of a resolution to the stalemate very soon.

“I have urged (the parties) to make one final push for the sake of the people of Northern Ireland,” May told reporters. “It should be possible to see an executive up and running in Northern Ireland very soon.”

May travelled to Belfast on Monday in an attempt to persuade political parties to restore devolved government after 13 months of wrangling and avoid the introduction of direct rule from London.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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