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Johnson: it's crucial to get Northern Ireland government running again

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Published on July 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:03s

Johnson: it's crucial to get Northern Ireland government running again

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 31) that his priority was to try to restore the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland during a visit in which he will meet local parties.

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Johnson: it's crucial to get Northern Ireland government running again

The power-sharing administration was suspended two-and-a-half years ago because of differences between the parties representing mainly Protestant pro-British unionists and mainly Catholic nationalists who favour a united Ireland.

"It's great to be here in Northern Ireland and clearly the people of Northern Ireland have been without a government, without Stormont for two years and six months so my prime focus this morning is to do everything I can to help that get up and running again," Johnson told journalists, adding that he expected Brexit would also come up in talks.

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