Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Stormont talks: Urgent need to restore devolution says Coveney

Stormont talks: Urgent need to restore devolution says Coveney

Ahead of the talks, Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Fein's leader in the Northern Ireland Stormont assembly, said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

The warning, in a tense meeting at Downing Street, came as the DUP and the Tories inched towards a deal.

The Sinn Fein leader added that he and his colleagues handed over the late Martin McGuinness's resignation letter, written when he stood down as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in January. She also said that the talks with May's party had covered corporation tax and same sex marriage.

There are concerns that any deal by the DUP to prop up Mrs May's minority government could undermine the peace process.

"And the question arises, if they cease to be seen as such by part of the community in Northern Ireland, then one can't be quite certain how events will unwind".

Tory backbencher Heidi Allen told The Sunday Times the country wanted a "leader and a party that will carry us through this most turbulent of periods but care about the little man".

Earlier, Andrea Leadsom, leader of the lower house of parliament, said the government had agreed with Queen Elizabeth, who reads out the new government programme, that the "state opening of parliament will take place on 21 June 2017".

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The Conservative source said: "We're confident of getting an agreement, we're confident that the Queen's speech will be passed".

Protesters demanded May step aside following the disastrous election campaign of the Conservative Party, which now needs the support of the DUP to guarantee a majority vote in parliament.

So far she has balanced the two by having ministers from both wings in her top team or cabinet, and by carefully controlling any message on her approach to Brexit, fearful she could give away her hand to European Union negotiators.

Davis plans to go to Brussels on Monday to start the negotiations, which will reshape not only Britain's role in the world, but also that of a bloc praised for ensuring peace after World War Two.

The Prime Minister has been widely criticised for trying to strike a "confidence and supply" deal with the DUP since losing her majority at the election. The electorate clearly did not give May her mandate for a hard Brexit, which would have meant giving up access to the single market and the customs union.

"We were always Brexiteers and made sure to get the message across to Westminster that the European Union's Single Payment system to farmers must be replicated when the United Kingdom leaves the EU".

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