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The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has been downgraded from substantial to moderate, meaning an attack is possible but unlikely, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May said the threat level to Great Britain is being reduced, but the threat to Northern Ireland remains at severe, meaning an attack there is highly likely.

The threat from international terrorism, however, remains substantial, meaning an attack is a strong possibility, she added.

In a written statement to MPs, Mrs May said an Irish terrorist attack “was possible, but not likely”.

“The threat level to the UK from international terrorism remains at substantial, which means that an attack is a strong possibility,” she said. “The threat level to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism remains at severe, meaning that an attack is highly likely.”