The power-sharing agreement at Stormont collapsed in January [Image: Getty].

This is yet another story of the Conservative minority government being caught between a rock and a hard place.

They are desperate for their deal with the DUP to remain viable but, for this to happen, the power-sharing agreement in Stormont must be restored.

It hasn’t.

So, rather than let the deal fall – putting their minority government in Westminster in danger – James Brokenshire has admitted that his party (and government) is weak and his bluff has been called, and he has extended the deadline.


James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland Secretary, has once again extended the deadline for the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin to reach a deal to restore power-sharing.

Mr Brokenshire had previously threatened to impose a partial form of direct rule for Northern Ireland by legislating for a budget for the region if the parties failed to come to agreement.

But on Monday evening the DUP and Sinn Féin left Stormont without agreeing a deal and the Northern Ireland Secretary said he was going to defer his decision on a budget.

Source: Northern Ireland power sharing deadline extended in the hope DUP and Sinn Fein can make a deal

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