|United Kingdom: Northern Ireland Office
Following a Parliamentary Assembly election in Northern Ireland on the 2 March 2017, Northern Ireland’s political parties failed to reach an agreement by the 27 March 2017 that would allow a new power-sharing Executive to be formed by the due deadline.
In order to facilitate further discussions between the parties, the UK Parliament passed legislation immediately prior to dissolution extending the period in which an Executive could be formed until 29 June 2017.
Intensive negotiations continued between the parties concerned, notably between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, but no agreement had been made by 29 June 2017.
On the 3 July 2017 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, made a statement to the House of Commons, in which he said progress had been made in the negotiations and he would give a few more days for a devolved government to be formed. Otherwise, 'direct rule' from from Westminster might have to be introduced.
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