Northern Ireland politics hits PM May's coalition talks

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

The party brought the name of the late Martin McGuinness into the talks yesterday by handing over a letter.

Instead, May lost 13 seats and her overall majority in Parliament.

On Thursday, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said there was no deadline for a deal between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Conservative Party, despite a date being set for the Queen's Speech.

Both the Conservative and Labour gained votes, largely because Ukip, whose raison d'être is simply to take Britain out of the European Union (which has now been settled by the referendum) saw its share of the vote decimated and transferred to the two main parties.

"We also respect the other parties' mandates, we want to get back to an executive that has all the parties around the table to collectively take decisions".

Negotiations are set to continue between the DUP and Conservatives in London, and in Belfast where the five main Stormont parties are trying to restore powersharing.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that a power-sharing agreement between unionist and republican parties, following an election in Northern Ireland in March, has proven elusive. "It also needs to ensure that any arrangement with the DUP is public". "I think it is very much doable to have a deal by the end of this month", she added.

Such criticism would have been unthinkable before the June 8 election, in which the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn capitalised on its opposition to austerity cuts, leaving May scrambling to shore up a minority government. However, he managed to get 40 per cent of the vote, only 2.4 percentage points behind the Conservatives, and was particularly successful in appealing to young voters.

A Number 10 spokesman would not comment on the ongoing talks, which are understood to focus on support for key Commons votes rather than a full coalition between the parties.

What does this election mean for Brexit?

Mr Paisley said yesterday his party wants out of the EU customs union as part of "hard" Brexit.

"The political process in the North remains overshadowed by financial scandals".

"That means a deal which serves the unique circumstances on this island and a deal which protects the free movement of people and business across Ireland and into the European Union".

May has said she is open to some kind of association agreement with the customs union and wants to avoid any so-called "cliff-edge" into uncertain trading conditions, but she has also said Britain must be able to control immigration - something it can not do while a member of the EU.

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