After three months of negotiations to put a power-sharing administration in place the squabbling was still going on just hours ahead of the 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) deadline.
If the parties cannot agree to form a semi-autonomous government in Belfast, Northern Ireland will likely be fully governed from London, although a last-ditch arrangement might yet be possible.
Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has said there would be “profound and serious implications” in missing the deadline.
The power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly is a cornerstone of a peace process that ended three decades of violent conflict in the province, broadly split between Protestant British unionists and…
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