UK considers taking over Northern Ireland if talks fail

James Brokenshire, secretary of state for Northern Ireland, told Parliament on Tuesday, March 28, that the British government would consider taking over control of Northern Ireland if the two leading parties proved unable to form a new power-sharing government.

Northern Ireland had been ruled for the past 10 years by a divided government, with rivals Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) sharing control.

The government broke down after the Sinn Fein representative resigned over a failed green power plan, which cost the government US$1.25 billion (half a billion pounds).

The two sides have been at impasse since the March 2 elections.

Brokenshire gave the two sides until the end of April to work out a compromise.

Failing that, he said, the U.K. government might have to step in.