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Prime Minister Theresa May and ex-US President Bill Clinton to meet over Northern Ireland talks impasse

Prime Minister Theresa May and ex-US president Bill Clinton are to meet to discuss the Northern Ireland political impasse.

A Downing Street spokesman said the two would meet on Thursday in Number 10.

It comes after Mr Clinton visited Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He met separately with Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill for private meetings.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "He and the PM wanted to take this opportunity to discuss Northern Ireland and also the ongoing partnership between the Government and the Clinton Health Access Initiative's work to lower the cost of HIV/Aids treatment worldwide."

Earlier, Sinn Fein said the current talks process "had some way to go" but the end of the road was near after Secretary of State James Brokenshire said he will legislate for a budget from Westminster at the end of the month if there is no deal.

On Monday night the DUP leader said: "Northern Ireland needs government and if that cannot be achieved at Stormont then Westminster will be required to provide it.”

Addressing DUP members and supporters in Co Tyrone Mrs Foster added she was "determined to try to achieve an agreement that can be supported by unionists and nationalists".

She said: "While solid progress has been made in some areas differences do remain and hurdles have yet to be overcome."

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