Theresa May 'confident' she will get Queen's Speech through Commons

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2017

Theresa May faced a backlash from republican parties at a series of meetings in Downing Street on Thursday over her plan to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist party to prop up her minority Conservative government, reported The Guardian.

She said: "We want to see an administration set up again that will last and one that will last for all of the people of Northern Ireland".

It comes as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon voiced concerns over the prospect of a "grubby deal" between the Tories and the DUP showing "disregard" for the Northern Irish peace process. The party has refused to give a time frame for reaching a deal, though May is due in Brussels for an European Union summit on June 22-23 when she will want to show she has a solid grip on power.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced that the Conservatives would press ahead with presenting a Queen's speech next Wednesday, while negotiations continued with the DUP.

Also in Dublin for a meeting with Mr Varadkar, Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill voiced her optimism that a deal was "doable".

Northern Ireland's largest nationalist party Sinn Fein said it would oppose any deal that undermines a peace deal known as the Good Friday Agreement, with President Gerry Adams telling Britain: "We want to govern ourselves".

Ministers have already said the Queen's Speech may have to be put back from its scheduled date of Monday because of the ongoing negotiations.

"We remain fully committed to making the institutions work", she said.

A YouGov poll for The Times suggested the public are not happy with the plan either, with 48 per cent saying they had an unfavourable view of it.

"There's no room for any side deal with the DUP", she said.

Meanwhile, Foster has assured Ireland's new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, that she wants a "sensible Brexit" that works for both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

"This should mean we hear a lot less of the "no deal is better than a bad deal" mantra from ministers, because no deal would mean big tariffs on these kind of products and have other negative consequences for trade".

Sinn Féin, the UUP, SDLP and Alliance will discuss the DUP's support for the Conservatives in Westminster. "Any agreement the DUP secures and any of the things we can win over for Northern Ireland will be for everyone in Northern Ireland", the DUP sources added.

Mrs May needs the backing of their 10 MPs after she lost her majority in the House of Commons in last week's disastrous election.

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