Bill Clinton and Theresa May hold talks on Northern Ireland deadlock

Former US President Bill Clinton arrives in Downing Street, London, ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland.
Former US President Bill Clinton arrives in Downing Street, London, ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland.

Theresa May has held talks with former US president Bill Clinton on the continuing political deadlock in Northern Ireland.

The meeting in Downing Street followed private discussions earlier this week between Mr Clinton and the main Northern Ireland party leaders in Belfast.

Former US President Bill Clinton arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland.

Former US President Bill Clinton arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, ahead of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the current political situation in Northern Ireland.

As president, Mr Clinton played a key role in helping to secure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which led to power-sharing at Stormont.

Number 10, however, has made clear that he had not been used to deliver a message on behalf of the Government to the parties.

The devolved institutions at Stormont remain suspended following the collapse of the administration in January in the wake of the resignation of the late Martin McGuinness as deputy first minister.

As he left after almost an hour in No 10, Mr Clinton told reporters: "We had a wonderful talk."

Asked by reporters about the prospects for Brexit, Mr Clinton said: "We didn't talk much about that. I don't have much of a portfolio here."