May: N. Ireland election not to affect Art 50 timetable
The British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that a possible assembly election in Northern Ireland will not cause disruptions to the government's plans to invoke Article 50 and trigger the country's exit from the European Union in March.
Speaking during the first prime minister's questions of the year, May addressed concerns that a potential lack of leadership in Northern Ireland would pose problems to and slow down the Brexit procedure. She pointed out that ministers and executives are still in place in the country, so the views of the Northern Irish people would indeed be taken into account during this process.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned earlier this week in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme – a move likely to trigger elections in the British province.