Villiers says parties should be given time to work out deal
Former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers said parties should be given more time to agree a new powersharing deal.
She told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "The law at the moment requires a fresh election after three weeks if there is no coalition formed. And so I think it will be important for the secretary of state to have legislation ready to give the parties more time.
"I think it would be a pity if they were launched back into yet another election just after three weeks."