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Northern Ireland elections may be delayed until April to facilitate Brexit talks

Northern Ireland secretary says he will extend period for executive formation for up to 12 weeks

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Elections for the Northern Ireland Stormont assembly could be delayed until next April to give talks between the UK and the EU on the controversial Brexit trade arrangements a chance, the government has announced.

The Northern Ireland secretary, Chris Heaton-Harris, said he would introduce legislation to delay the date he needs to call an election by six weeks, with a further six-week delay if needed.

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