May urges NI politicians to 'come together' at Balmoral

Theresa May at Balmoral Show
Theresa May at Balmoral Show

Conservative leader Theresa May has said NI politicians must 'come together' to restore power sharing during a brief visit to the Balmoral Show today (Saturday).

Mrs May is on the campaign trail across the UK in the month leading up to the General Election.

Voters are due to go to the polls on June 8.

After the last election in Northern Ireland, talks at Stormont have stalled.

But the Westminster election has given MLAs here a reprieve as they now have until June 29 to do a deal and get the institutions back on track.

Asked about her apparent lack of involvement in NI since the last election here, Theresa May said she had been in contact with both Sinn Fein's leader in the north, Michelle O'Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster.

She said it was important parties "come together and come to an agreement that can enable that devolved administration to be re-established".

And went on to add: "After the general election, there will be several weeks until the end of the June for those parties to come together and see a resolution.

"We all want to see devolved administration restored in Northern Ireland."

Asked about legacy cases, she said they should all be dealt with independently, and also reiterated her claim there would be no hard border across the island of Ireland, and that people here would see "no return to the borders of the past".

"Brexit is an opportunity for the UK but of course we have got to make sure we resolve the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland," the Prime Minister said.

She was accompanied on today's visit by Secretary of State James Brokenshire and four of seven Conservative Party candidates standing in Northern Ireland.