It was suggested that the entire population of Hong Kong should be relocated in a new city built in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, newly-released files from Britain's National Archives show.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, said tonight the situation at Stormont "looks increasingly grim" after talks she chaired with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, broke up without agreement.
Dúirt Banríon Eilís na Breataine go gceadófar dlí go luath le gur féidir reifreann ar bhallraíocht na Breataine san Aontas Eorpach a thionól sa bhliain 2017. Thug sí an méid sin le fios ag oscailt oifigiuil na parlaiminte nuathofa i Westminster inniu.
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has said the ongoing row over welfare reform has forced her to "reluctantly" consider the option of moving the required legislation to Westminster and implementing the reforms over the head of the NI Assembly.