Talks to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland collapse

DUP says it will not compromise with Sinn Féin and accuses May of making an ‘unhelpful’ visit

Talks to restore the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland collapsed on Wednesday, as the DUP said there was no prospect of a compromise with Sinn Féin and accused Theresa May of an unhelpful and distracting visit to Belfast earlier this week.

In an extraordinary broadside at the prime minister, whose Conservative party has a confidence deal with the DUP in parliament, the DUP negotiator Simon Hamilton said May’s visit to Stormont on Monday with the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, had given a false sense of progress and was not “entirely helpful”.

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