Northern Ireland elections would not delay Brexit timetable: British minister

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Posted: Jan 15, 2017 4:54 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Likely snap elections in Northern Ireland will not delay the British government's timetable for withdrawal from the European Union, Britain's Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday.

A lawyer told Reuters last week that the potential suspension of Northern Ireland's regional assembly could force Britain to delay its exit talks from the European Union if London's Supreme Court rules Belfast's approval is needed.

"We are not delaying the timetable, we still remain absolutely committed to triggering the Article 50 process by no later than the end of March," Brokenshire told the BBC, when asked whether elections could interfere with the Brexit process.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Catherine Evans)