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Devolution not a done deal - Hain
Peter Hain issued a warning to the parties
Peter Hain has issued a warning to the parties
The restoration of devolution to Northern Ireland is not a done deal, the NI Secretary has warned.

Speaking on Inside Politics, Peter Hain said there was more negotiating to be done and warned there would be consequences if devolution failed.

"It is not a done deal and I think there is some final negotiations to be had," he said.

"I want all the politicians to be absolutely crystal clear that 26 March is the date set by parliament."

"There is no getting past it, there is no ducking or dodging it."

The governments want a power-sharing executive to be set up at Stormont by 26 March.

If this is formed, it will have four DUP ministers, three Sinn Fein, two UUP and one SDLP.

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended since October 2002, amid allegations of an IRA spy ring at Stormont. A subsequent court case collapsed. Direct rule has been in place since that date.



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