Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

May to meet Northern Ireland parties amid DUP deal concerns

May to meet Northern Ireland parties amid DUP deal concerns

But the party hasn't set out a clear position on continued membership of the customs union, which is probably needed to avoid tariffs, and she didn't elaborate in Dublin on Friday after meeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

A Number 10 spokesman would not comment on the ongoing talks, which are understood to focus on support for key Commons votes rather than a full coalition between the parties.

Leaving the European Union was once far-fetched: only 15 years ago, British leaders were arguing about when to join the euro, and talk of an EU exit was the reserve of a motley crew of skeptics on the fringes of both major parties.

"The talks are continuing but I think the events in London today probably will have some impact on that".

Former Prime Minister John Major who was involved in talks with both sides of the Northern Irish conflict peace talks before handing over to Tony Blair has warned he has reservations about his party going into government with the DUP.

Mr Killen said he would use his speech to the Pride event in the capital to celebrate progress on LGBTI rights law, while warning Mrs May not to roll back on it to please the DUP.

She pointed out that the DUP had just achieved its greatest ever election result and said the party would not countenance anything regarding Sinn Féin deciding who the DUP's nominee for first minister should be.

In a phone call with Mrs May, the outgoing Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, indicated his concern that her deal with the DUP would "put the Good Friday Agreement at risk", a spokesman for Mr Kenny said.

The state opening of parliament when the Queen reads a broad outline of the government's program is expected to take place two days late - on Wednesday.

How Ireland will look post-Brexit could be one of the most sensitive subject of the upcoming talks.

I dealt with them for two years getting the Northern Ireland Assembly back.

Backbenchers said they wanted to remind the prime minister of how she had been "drained of all power" following the party's dismal election campaign and the loss of her majority.

"We made it very clear that any package on restoring power-sharing that is delivered, there has to be a strong financial package to allow us to deliver good public services when we get the Executive up and running again".

Arlene Foster, whose party has come under repeated fire for homophobic views, is said to have written to Scottish politicians in 2015 asking them to bar Northern Irish same-sex couples from converting their civil partnerships into marriage.

Labour's shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said the prospect of a deal between the Conservatives and the DUP was "worrying", telling the BBC: "It would create a lot of instability in terms of the peace process in Northern Ireland".

"Now a disgraced Theresa May is trying to cling on to power with an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party, the most extreme party in Parliament".

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