Statement on Northern Ireland Power-Sharing Talks
The United States regrets that, since March 2017, the main parties remain unable to reach agreement to form a regional power-sharing government in Northern Ireland. As such, the United States recognizes the U.K. government may be compelled soon to legislate for a regional budget covering the rest of the fiscal year.
While we understand the issues under discussion between both parties are complex and sensitive, we share the U.K. and Irish governments’ belief that these can be resolved in a spirit of shared political responsibility and pragmatism. Northern Ireland’s future will be best served by the establishment and running of an effective, accountable, and responsive government. This is especially true in light of the challenges that Brexit presents for the region. We urge all parties to continue dialogue in order to reach a viable power-sharing deal and reestablish the Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible. We remain ready to support efforts that ensure full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent follow-on, cross-party agreements.