'Short window of opportunity exists' to restore powersharing: Brokenshire

James Brokenshire
James Brokenshire

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said a "short window of opportunity" exists to restore a powersharing executive in the region.

As the deadline to form a new Stormont administration passed at 4pm on Monday, following last month's snap elections, Mr Brokenshire said there remains "an overwhelming desire" for strong and stable devolved government.

"We now have a short window of opportunity to resolve outstanding issues and for an executive to be formed," he said at a press conference outside Stormont House.

"Everyone owes it to the people of Northern Ireland to grasp that and provide the political leadership and stability that they want."

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