Friday April 3, 2020

Logjams and loggerheads are still the order of the day in the North

What we thought was the only deadline to restore power-sharing has passed, and Sinn Féin and the DUP continue to dig in their heels

2nd April, 2017

Last Monday, Northern politicians missed their first and what we thought was their only deadline to restore power-sharing. But by the following day, they had a new one, when James Brokenshire, secretary of state for the North, indicated to MPs that there was a short window of just over a fortnight to get agreement.

In reality, no one thought that last week’s statutory cut-off point would be met. Theoretically, Brokenshire should have called an election...

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