February 21, 2018 / 5:46 PM / 10 months ago

Sinn Fein leader says UK does not have plan for restoring Northern Ireland's government

Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O'Neill, Francie Molloy and Conor Murphy of Sinn Fein talk to the press outside the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain, February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said on Wednesday that the British government does not have a plan for restoring Northern Ireland’s power-sharing administration after holding talks with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May.

“We can only surmise from the meeting with the British prime minister that the government here does not have a plan, doesn’t have a viable plan for carving a pathway to the restoration of the institutions,” McDonald told reporters after the meeting in London.

“We are disappointed that the government seems wedded to what they are calling a reflection period. We regard the opening up of any political vacuum as extremely dangerous.”

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill

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