James Brokenshire issued the following statement after Martin McGuinness' resignation as deputy First Minister.
Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:
The UK Government has a primary role in providing political stability in Northern Ireland and we will do all that we can to help the parties find a resolution in the coming days.
There is a clear process set out regarding what happens next. Unless Sinn Fein nominates a replacement to the position of deputy First Minister within the next seven days, it is incumbent upon me to call an Assembly election within a reasonable period.
I would urge Northern Ireland’s political leaders to take the necessary steps to work together to find a way forward and I will work with all parties and the Irish government to this end.