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Theresa May to visit north 'in next few weeks'

Theresa May plans to visit the north

THERESA May has said she will visit Northern Ireland within the next few weeks.

The Tory leader told MPs yesterday that she plans to travel to the north soon amid concerns over Brexit and the ongoing impasse at Stormont.

"We are considering a number of issues in relation to Northern Ireland at the moment, in the context of both Brexit and the devolved administration," she said during prime minister's questions at Westminster.

"We hope that the administration and the assembly will get back up and running."

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said Mrs May was coming to the north at his party's invitation.

The North Belfast MP accused Sinn Féin of trying to "use Brexit to break up the UK" and of blocking the restoration of the Stormont executive.

"The prime minister has been fully engaged on the issues impacting Northern Ireland, both in terms of our exit from the European Union and the block placed on a restoration of devolution by one party namely Sinn Féin."

He said the Tory leader would use her visit to reinforce the need for regional decision making on public services.

"The imposition of red-lines on the return of devolution is impacting upon everyone who lives here," he said.

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