Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks lasting two hours at Downing Street Tuesday to discuss an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her minority Conservative government.

The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions and the DUP stands to make huge gains from the deal.

The First Minister said she was concerned by the "disregard" shown for the Northern Irish peace process and called for full details of any deal to be made public.

Last evening, May faced the tough 1922 Committee of her party's backbench MPs amid a brewing rebellion within the ranks after her gamble to call a snap general election backfired, leaving the Tories eight seats short of a majority.

John O'Doherty, of LGBT health group the Rainbow Project, said: 'It is time for government to respect the will of the people of Northern Ireland, which is overwhelmingly in support of civil marriage equality.

"Deal between DUP and government could be delayed until next week because of the aftermath of #grenfelltower and diary commitments of both leaders".

He told BBC Radio 4's World At One Programme: 'People regard the peace process which was very hard earned over very many years by a lot of people, people shouldn't regard it as a given, it isn't certain, it is under stress, it is fragile.

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A failure to reach an agreement with the DUP could risk the new administration and the Queen's Speech being voted down next week.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after Thursday's vote produced no clear victor.

Meanwhile, the chief European Union negotiator has told the Financial Times that the clock is ticking on Brexit talks, and that Britain should be wary of further delays. It is still unclear whether that will give enough time to enable Queen Elizabeth II to perform the formal state opening of parliament on Monday.

"We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week".

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said the prospect of a British agreement with the DUP was causing anxiety and fear.

- Despite the surprise vote Thursday by three United Kingdom policymakers to raise interest rates, it's Brexit and politics rather than rates that will likely determine where the British Pound goes from here.

The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, has already taken on responsibility for moderating numerous exchanges, with Sinn Fein and the SDLP having already questioned the impartiality of Mr Brokenshire earlier in the process.

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