Britain to publish plans for devolution of policing powers

The British government is expected to publish proposals this week on the devolution of policing and justice powers in the North.

The plans are being published at the insistence of Sinn Féin, even though a return to power-sharing government in the North seems a remote possibility.

The proposals are expected to include the establishment of a joint ministry to oversee the police and courts service, led by a unionist and nationalist politician.

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have already expressed concern that the British government may also transfer control of intelligence from the police to the British spy agency MI5.


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