Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Theresa May to meet Sinn Féin in Downing Street over DUP deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet delegations from Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Ulster Unionist and Alliance parties in Downing Street today.

Mry May will also meet with the DUP, SDLP, the UUP and the Alliance Party.

"The Queen's Speech is not the be all and end all in relation to the negotiations that we have been having with the Conservative Party but I do hope that in the national interest we are able to conclude these talks as quickly as possible" Foster told BBC in an interview.

These concerns were echoed by former prime minister Sir John Major who has warned that the Government will compromise its stated impartiality if it enters a confidence and supply deal with the DUP at Westminster.

Both London and Dublin must "recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement" if power sharing at Stormont is to be re-established, she said.

"We are working on a series of fronts and we are working very, very hard to deliver good government for Northern Ireland and good government for the United Kingdom", he said. An agreement to restore devolved power-sharing government in Stormont must be reached by the 29 June deadline.

"Northern Ireland's political leaders now have it in their hands to take control and shape a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland".

The announcement by Andrea Leadsom suggests that Prime Minister Theresa May and the Northern Ireland-based Democratic Unionist Party have struck an agreement or are close to one.

"As you know the Queen's Speech has been now set for next Wednesday".

The proposed deal would see the DUP back the Conservatives in votes on the Budget and on any confidence motion while other matters would be negotiated on an issue-by-issue basis.

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