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Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire calls on parties to see the bigger picture

By Suzanne Breen

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire yesterday urged local politicians to look at the "bigger picture" and strike a compromise to restore power-sharing.

He encouraged the DUP and Sinn Fein to finally resolve their differences so the region can look to a more positive future.

If no deal is reached by the end of the month, the Secretary of State will move to pass a budget for Northern Ireland in the House of Commons.

Speaking at a business breakfast in Belfast yesterday, Mr Brokenshire said that, while the atmosphere in talks between the parties had improved, there was still work to do to reach a deal.

"Do I think it is possible? Yes, I do", he told the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) Business Leader Forum. "I think this is eminently doable, but it still requires that spirit of compromise.

"I would encourage the leaders of both main parties to underline the leadership they have both already shown to continue to do that and to look beyond the issues that have separated them. It is doable, it is achievable - but we are not there yet."

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