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Boris Johnson states commitment to restoring devolution: PM talks H&W, Wrightbus and Brexit on Northern Ireland visit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith MP at Stormont House in Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pictured with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith MP at Stormont House in Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Protests as Prime Minister Boris Johnson met the leaders of Northern Ireland's five main political parties during his first official visit on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for serious and intense engagement to restore devolution after meeting with the five main parties on Wednesday.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said the main purpose of these meetings was to discuss moving forward in the ongoing power-sharing talks and Mr Johnson told all the parties he was determined to bring this process to a successful conclusion.

He said he would do everything he could to make it happen and that he had faith that all parties would step up to the challenge.

He also told the parties that he believed in and was committed to "the rigorous impartiality set out in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, while at the same time reaffirming his determination to strengthen the Union and Northern Ireland’s place within it."

Boris Johnson also discussed with the parties what the UK government could do to support Harland & Wolff and Wrightbus.  

“The discussions also included Brexit, where the Prime Minister made clear that the UK would be leaving the EU on October 31 come what may, and restated his intention to do so with a deal," said the spokeswoman.

“He said that in all scenarios, the Government is steadfast in its commitment to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and that in no circumstances would there be physical checks or infrastructure on the border.

“Alongside the new Secretary of State Julian Smith, he said he was looking forward to engaging widely and seeing more of this fantastic part of our United Kingdom.”

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