Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire speaks to media outside Stormont House in Belfast, Northern Ireland November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Morrisson
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The British government is to impose a budget on Northern Ireland for the first time in a decade, a major step towards imposing direct rule after attempts to form a power-sharing government in Belfast collapsed.The move also creates a headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose minority government is dependent on Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to pass legislation.Irish Nationalists Sinn Fein and the pro-British DUP have shared power in Northern Ireland for a decade under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, which ended three decades of violence that killed 3,600 people.DUP member of parliament Gregory Campbell accused Sinn Fein of holding back government in Northern Ireland with "a narrow political agenda", including a push for greater recognition for the Irish language.Sinn Fein's Adams said that, in addition to Brexit, the agreement by the DUP to support May's government in London had helped to destabilize the province.
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