Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Tory-DUP deal announcement 'delayed' due to London blaze

Tory-DUP deal announcement 'delayed' due to London blaze

Despite the uncertainty over her ability to govern, May had confirmed that Brexit negotiations - expected to be the most complex global talks Britain has held for decades - would begin as planned next week.

'I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit, ' added Cameron who quit previous year after Britons voted to leave the European Union, against his advice, in a referendum that he had called.

The negotiations are scheduled to last approximately 18 months, from June to November 2018, a short period of time given the number of subjects that will need to be covered as the United Kingdom breaks free of the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster today to negotiate a deal to form a Conservatives-led minority government.

Thursday's General Election saw the Conservatives win only 318 seats, eight shy of winning an overall majority.

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal.

The Prime Minister did not mention the ongoing deliberations as she addressed MPs but called on Parliament to "come together in a spirit of national unity" to deal with the challenges facing the country.

"That is why we're ready to start very quickly".

Speaking in Dublin after a meeting with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Democratic Unionist Party leader said it was down to Sinn Fein whether an agreement is done.

The so-called "soft border" issue is also one of the top agenda items for Brussels in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU.

Commenting on the proposed DUP-Conservative deal, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said her party's priority was "defending the Good Friday Agreement, protecting our public services and establishing an executive based on equality and respect". "This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean, or what promises may be given".

Nigel Farage, former head of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party, admitted that after May's election disaster Britain is in a "very weak" negotiating position.

While British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she will follow the results of last year's Brexit referendum, her disastrous showing in elections last week has raised fresh questions about how - and if - Britain will leave the bloc.

Ms May made clear the Brexit negotiations would begin on schedule despite the political uncertainty at home.

May faces a hard balancing act.

May faced her lawmakers at a meeting of the 1922 Committee on Monday. And he asked: "Is the populist illusion to limit free movement of people more important than the prosperity and fortune of the British workers, the British industry, the British companies and the British economy?"

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