The British and Irish leaders will propose a deal on power-sharing in Northern Ireland if local parties fail to come up with their own in a final round of talks on Friday. The discussions are aimed at reviving the Stormount assembly in which pro-British unionists are meant to sit in government with pro-Irish Republicans. Unionist leader Ian Paisley is demanding Republicans support the police.
“Those that want to serve in the government of a democracy must totally and absolutely support the police on every level and must be seen to be supporting the police,” he said.
But Republicans insist they will not move on the policing issue until Unionists commit to sharing power. The British and Irish governments have set a deadline of 24 November for a resolution. Failure would result in the closure of the assembly and the withdrawal of members’ salaries.