>> A political impasse in Northern Ireland, sending the province to an early election.>> Today, Sinn Féin will not re-nominate for the position of deputy First Minister.>> Sinn Féin refusing, on Monday, to nominate a new deputy First Minister, following the resignation of Martin McGuinness, saying, it's now up to the people to have their say, forcing their assembly to be desolved.
Reuters Chief Correspondent in Ireland, Padraic Halpin, says there's no guarantee a power sharing government will return.>> One thing that can mean is the return of direct rule from London, which obviously, the Pro-Ireland nationalists won't want to see happening. And as I said, this is happening at the same time as the Brexit negotiations begin in Britain.
So, many fear that The Northern Ireland voice won't be heard.>> McGuinness resigning a week ago in protest at first minister Arlene Foster's handling of a controversial green energy scheme, triggering the crisis and risking political paralysis on the region on the brink of Brexit talks. British Prime Minister Theresa May failing at a last ditch attempt to get the parties to overcome their differences.
Stressing political stability would give the province a stronger voice in Britain's Brexit preparations. The election to take place on March 2nd.>> Once the election is held, the parties have three weeks to form a new parish executive to agree on the terms of that I think most commentators see that three weeks as not being enough time to resolve the differences that are there.
So what you may have is some sort of suspension of the assembly while further talks take place.>> The mood on Belfast Straight is one of indifference and frustration. Younger people fed up the power sharing agreement hasn't delivered what was promised 20 years ago when the Good Friday Agreement ended three decades of violence.