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Executive. But the window of opportunity is short. It is essential therefore that the intensity of discussions is stepped up, with renewed intent and focus. To that end I will continue over coming days to work with the Northern Ireland parties and the Irish government as appropriate. I will need to keep the situation under review. But if these talks are successful,.
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it would be my intention quickly to bring forward legislate what issing after the Easter recess -- after the Easter recess to avoid a second election. I am also determined to take forward the legacy bodies in the Stormont House agreement. I will be involving a range of interested parties, including.
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by locally elected politicians through locally accountable institutions. But should the talks fail, the Government will have to consider all options. I therefore want to give the House note that is following the Easter recess as a minimum it would be my intention to bring forward legislation to set a regional rate to enable local councils to carry out that you are functions. And.
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to deliver for teachers, doctors, nurses, businesses, industry and the community. To ensure that it plays a full role in the affairs of our United Kingdom, while retaining its strong relationship with Ireland. And to continue the work of the past two decades to build stronger peaceful and prosperous future for all. That needs to be the focus of everyone as we approach the.
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That 14 day period expired yesterday. With no agreement. And therefore no Executive. This is a source of deep disappointment and regret to me and I know there is widespread dismay across the country. From all my engagement across Northern Ireland, with business,.
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civil society, and members of public, I am in no doubt inclusive devolved government what is the majority of the people want to see. Working for them, delivering on their priorities, and continues the positive progress we have seen in Northern Ireland over recent years. Devolved institutionings up and running and -- institutions.
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up and running and serving the community. But following the passing of the legal deadline, Northern Ireland has no devolved administration. This means that other elements of Belfast agreement, including the North/South bodies, cannot operate properly. The consequences of all this are potentially serious and we are approaching the point at which Northern Ireland will not.
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of the Northern Ireland civil service and understand the department of finance will be setting out more details today. But let me be very clear, this situation is not sustainable and beyond a short period of time will have an impact on public services. What we are talking about here is the health service, schools, voluntary groups and services.
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for the most vulnerable in society. This is not what people voted for on 2nd March. During the course of the past 24 hours, I have spoke on the the leaders of five main Northern Ireland parties and the Irish Government. I'm encouraged that there remains a strong willingness to continue engaging in dialogue with a view to resolving outstanding issues and forming an.
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My lords I will.
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repeat a statement made by my honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the other place. The statement is as follows. Since the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2nd mar, I have been encouraged in talks with the political parties and.
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accordance with the 1998 Belfast agreement. Progress has been made on a number of issues, these include on a budget, a programme for government, and ways of improving transparency and accountability. We have seen further steps forward on agreeing a way to implement the Stormont House legacy.
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bodies to provide better outcomes for victims and survivors of the Troubles. In addition, progress was made about around the parties may come together to represent Northern Ireland in our negotiations to leave the EU, which is so important in the context of Article 50 being triggered tomorrow. That said, it is also clear that significant gaps remain between.
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the parties, particularly over issues surrounding culture and identity. Throughout this process the Government has been active in making positive proposals to try and bridge the gaps and help the parties to move forward. In law, the period allowed to form an executive from the date of first sitting of the Assembly after an election is 14 days
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By RT News The Scottish Parliament has voted to back Nicola Sturgeon’s request to seek new powers from London in order to trigger a second independence referendum. The motion passed thanks to the Scottish Greens support, and despite Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives expressing opposition to what they called another “divisivereferendum campaign. The Scottish First Minister has called for a second independence vote to take place between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019, though she will need Westminster’s approval in order to actually implement her plans. Holyrood has backed Sturgeon’s motion, which urged MSPs to authorize the Scottish National Party (SNP) government to seek a section 30 order from Westminster. The order, which the First Minister said she would request later this week , is needed for Scotland to hold a legally-binding referendum.
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and if I could ask him, given the limits that I have in this adjournment debate, if he would write to the pensions minister. Well, I would I'm sure I don't need to encourage the honourable gentleman to keep going, but if he is not.
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satisfied with an answer he should write again. But I am not able I'm afraid to add anything to what the pensions minister will have already told the honourable gentleman. I will unless there are any other interventions, tank all members fo - thank all the members, particularly the honourable lady.
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from Livingston who has given a great service to those who lost their lives in that tragedy. The question is the House should adjourn. The I have as have it. Order
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