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'Profound implications' if Northern Ireland parties fail to agree deal: Britain

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary, James Brokenshire, leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting, in central London, Britain June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

LONDON (Reuters) - There would be “profound and serious” implications if parties in Northern Ireland failed to agree on the creation of a new executive to govern, Britain’s minister for the province said on Wednesday.

A power-sharing agreement between Irish nationalists and their pro-British rivals collapsed in January and both sides have missed a series of deadlines to restore the assembly. The latest deadline is for Thursday.

“Our focus is on seeing that the executive is restored and I have been clear on not wanting to pre-empt what may happen should that not be the case. Obviously there would be profound and serious implications in that context,” James Brokenshire told parliament.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Costas Pitas