United Kingdom election leaves Conservatives hanging as largest party with no majority

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Féin's leader in the North, said: "We were very clear with the Prime Minister that any deal with herself and the DUP can not undermine the Good Friday Agreement".

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also said she was concerned about the prospect of a DUP-Conservatives deal.

Meeting in Dublin held as the DUP continues to negotiate with the Tories in London.

"We want to see any deal between those two parties reflect the wishes of all of the people of Northern Ireland, not just one section of the community". At one of the most important junctures for Europe and the West since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, May's government is reeling from a crisis of her own making - the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 snap election she did not need to call.

Brexit Secretary David Davis and European Union negotiator Michel Barnier confirmed the Brexit talks would start on Monday following preliminary talks between officials in Brussels.

May's gamble did not pay off; she and her ruling party lost some of their seats in the House of Commons and she came out weakened.

"I think there's a majority in the House of Commons for a progressive partnership with the European Union, and there's not a majority for extreme Brexit", he said. The rise of populism and widespread dissatisfaction with the old establishment policies and practices, both in the USA and Europe, ought to be a warning to the political class that should take serious note of this latest backlash against a sitting Tory government in the United Kingdom.

Even some Republicans have grudgingly admitted if this investment is forthcoming from the central government in London it could be a good thing for Northern Ireland. "But we have to be honest, it will take much more than that for us to be convinced that the DUP tail is not wagging the Tory dog", he told reporters.

The DUP has since acceded to the terms of the Good Friday Agreement - or the Belfast Agreement - which helped bring an end to 30 years of sectarian strife in Northern Ireland in 1998.

"I am very reassured by what the prime minister said to me today that that won't be the case". Nevertheless, the final result could be either an acceptably soft and amicable Brexit, (leaving Britain in a close relationship with the European Union, like Switzerland or Norway) - or an abandonment of the whole Brexit project after a second referendum.

THE DUP are living in a "fool's paradise" if they believe there can be a return to the power-sharing institutions without committing to a rights-based approach to government, Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney told the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown on Sunday.

"The Irish government will be critical to that and they should reassert their role as co-guarantors of our agreements", he added.

Former cabinet minister, Michael Portillo, said the Prime Minister "didn't use her humanity" when she visited the scene of the fire yesterday.

On the advancement of talks with the DUP, South Staffordshire MP Mr Williamson said: "Good progress is being made in discussing the substantive issues surrounding any potential agreement".

Grainne Teggart, Campaign Manager for Amnesty International said: "Today's results confirm what we have long known: that an overwhelming majority favour reform of our inhumane abortion laws".

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