Talks to prop up May's government continue with DUP

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Conservative former Prime Minister Sir John Major, who was crucial in bringing peace to Northern Ireland, has raised concerns about the impact of a Tory deal with the DUP.

"The last thing anybody wishes to see is one or other of the communities so aggrieved that the hard men, who are still there lurking in the corners of the communities, decide that they wish to return to some form of violence", Major told BBC radio.

Foster will nearly certainly ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as part of the deal, as well as guarantees on support for pension plans and for winter fuel allowances for older people.

Mrs May and DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose eurosceptic Northern Irish party has 10 parliamentary seats, held more than an hour of talks in Downing Street yesterday.

"We stand at a critical time with those Brexit negotiations starting only next week - I think that stability is important".

"The British government has said we will stay with the Brexit", Schaeuble said in a Bloomberg interview.

With British politics thrust into the deepest turmoil since last June's shock Brexit vote, European Union leaders were left wondering how the divorce talks would open next week.

At the meeting with lawmakers in Parliament, May recognised that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear that she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

May hopes with their backing her Conservative party will again command the majority it lost in last Thursday's election.

But she added that talks had also addressed "doing what's right for Northern Ireland, in respect of economic matters".

Addressing a packed House, she urged MPs to "come together in a spirit of national unity" to tackle the challenges facing the United Kingdom, urging them to help the country overcome divisions between "old and young and rich and poor".

He said: "I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated". Without a so-called confidence and supply deal with the DUP, her party risks losing the vote next week on the Queen's Speech.

Officials and senior political sources confirm that there is growing apprehension about the DUP's new-found power in relation to Stormont. "She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to strike a government deal in an initial round of talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative DUP party on Tuesday, leaving the EU's Brexit negotiator wondering when divorce talks would begin.

"It's going to be hard, there's no doubt about that, but perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with the other parties on how best we can achieve it", he said at a conference in Poland, the Financial Times reported.

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

Scottish Conservatives' leader Ruth Davidson, whose influence has grown dramatically with the election of 13 Tories north of the border, has already broken cover to say "this isn't just going to be a Tory Brexit".

At a photo call with the DUP group, Ms Foster said, "The future's bright", prompting Mr Paisley to reply with a well-known advertising slogan: "The future's Orange".

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