Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said:
“The parties have made further progress during the course of today. They are making certain additional requests of the UK Government which we need to consider.
“In the light of this, I believe it is right to defer the assessment on whether to introduce legislation to Parliament this week to enable an Executive to be formed. The parties will recommence talks in the morning and I will reassess the position tomorrow night.”