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Britain will legislate Northern Irish budget unless power-sharing deal reached - minister

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Britain will legislate Northern Irish budget unless power-sharing deal reached - minister

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LONDON (Reuters) – A written agreement to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland must be forthcoming by Oct. 30 or else Britain’s parliament will have to legislate a budget for the province, the minister for the region said on Thursday. “I have made clear that I will only legislate (to restore Northern Ireland’s executive) on the basis of a written agreement between the parties,” James Brokenshire said in a statement. “If this is not forthcoming before 30 October, the only option remaining would be to legislate for a budget at Westminster.”

(Reporting by Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)
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