Northern Ireland: Political Developments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 12:43 pm, 28th March 2017

As I have already indicated, the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach are actively involved. I share the right hon. Gentleman’s view of direct rule. We do not want to contemplate this, because I see it as a step backwards, not a step forward. That is why we must all redouble our efforts to get the positive outcome, get the agreement between the parties, and see an Executive formed.