Sinn Féin Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill has said an election is the only option available to NI Secretary James Brokenshire.
“There is only one option which the British Secretary of State is entitled to take and that is to call an election,” she said. “There is no legal basis for any other course of action.”
Mrs O’Neill continued: “And while parties may or may not want an election the fact is if the British Secretary of State brings in new legislation to restore Direct Rule that will be an act of bad faith and a clear breach of an agreement between the Irish and British governments in 2006.
“Sinn Féin has made it clear that all of the outstanding issues can be resolved. There can be no return to the status quo.
“We have no objection to the British Secretary of State leaving some time for that to be done but we are totally opposed and we would look to the Irish government to oppose, any new legislation to bring back Direct Rule.”