Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said has said he will work with political parties to find a way forward following Martin McGuinness’ resignation as deputy First Minister.
“The UK Government has a primary role in providing political stability in Northern Ireland and we will do all that we can to help the parties find a resolution in the coming days,” he said.
“There is a clear process set out regarding what happens next. Unless Sinn Féin nominates a replacement to the position of deputy First Minister within the next seven days, it is incumbent upon me to call an Assembly election within a reasonable period.
“I would urge Northern Ireland’s political leaders to take the necessary steps to work together to find a way forward and I will work with all parties and the Irish government to this end.”
Michelle O’Neill has said that taking over from “political giant” Martin McGuinness is “truly the biggest honour and privilege” of her life.
Michelle O'Neill has been named as Sinn Féin's new northern leader, taking over from Martin McGuinness.
Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire is expected to face calls to name the date for a snap Assembly election later.