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Direct rule will be introduced in Northern Ireland if a no-deal Brexit is passed by the government.
This would stop the provinces's civil service being left rudderless, the UK government has now confirmed.
Unionist - Party - Sinn - Fein - Terms
Since the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein failed to agree to the terms of a power-sharing agreement there has not been a fully-functioning devolved assembly or executive in Northern Ireland.
Direct rule is the process in which the UK Government takes over the day to day running of Northern Ireland.
Time - October - May
The last time it was introduced was between October 2002 and May 2007.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, the cabinet minister responsible for preparations for if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, told MPs direct rule would be needed in that situation so the Northern Ireland civil service 'gets the political and ministerial direction that it needs'.
Statement - Government - Preparations - Brexit - MP
During a statement on the Government's preparations for Brexit, independent unionist MP Lady Hermon asked Mr Gove what the Government planning for the 'good governance of Northern Ireland' if Stormont is not back and running before October 31.
She said: 'Is it going to be direct rule, or not?
'It - Question - Answer
'It is a straight-forward question, I would very much appreciate a straight answer.'
In response, Mr Gove said: 'We want the assembly to be up and running.
Recognise - Time
'We recognise that time is short.'
He added: 'Direct rule, which ... is a step no-one would take lightly, would be required in order to ensure that the Northern Ireland civil service gets the political and ministerial direction that it needs.'
Statement - Commons - Mr - Gove - Northern
Earlier, delivering a statement in the Commons, Mr Gove said Northern Ireland 'will face unique challenges in a no-deal Brexit'.
He added: 'This arrangement settlement has been sustainable to date, but leaving without a deal would represent a formidable challenge to the current position.
'In - Case
'In that case, we would have...
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