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Bill Clinton tries to broker new Northern Ireland deal

Bill Clinton, who helped reach a historic Northern Irish peace deal, has held talks with both sides in the hope of overcoming the current deadlock over power-sharing.

The former US President met both DUP and Sinn Fein leaders in an effort to help them find a breakthrough.

The sticking point is language - Sinn Fein want a new Irish language act giving Gaelic equal status with English. Their sponsorship of the effort reflects the fact that most Irish speakers are nationalists.

But the DUP says an exclusively Irish language act would ignore Ulster Scots speakers, who are mainly protestant.

The two sides must find a common language or face a return to direct rule, which is one outcome that neither side wants.


Brexit: DUP fear 'disaster' no-deal border implications

Theresa May must contend with the Democratic Unionist Party - with whose help the Conservatives formed a Government - if Britain tumbles out of the European Union with "no deal".

One of the DUP's top priorities is the border between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

The idea of a "no deal" Brexit and the return of hard borders is something the DUP is desperate to avoid, ITV News Correspondent Peter Smith reports.


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