Northern Ireland secretary of state James Brokenshire says local civil service will run out of money if he does not pass law

Northern Ireland has taken a significant step towards transferring political power back to London with the secretary of state James Brokenshire imposing a budget on the region.

With the main political parties in the Stormont assembly unable to reach a deal to restore power-sharing in Belfast, Brokenshire has drawn up a regional budget to keep devolved ministries financially solvent. Brokenshire has warned that the local civil service will run out of money if he does not pass a budget into law at Westminster within days.

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