DUP hoping to conclude deal with May as soon as possible

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

Would we then say that they shouldn't be in government in the Republic?

Grayling said the DUP were not interested in another election and added there should not be a change of prime minister amid questions over May's own position after the botched election campaign and her response to a deadly London tower block fire in which at least 79 people died.

"We made the case to her that we would oppose any deal that undermined the Good Friday Agreement", he said.

A DUP source confirmed negotiations were "ongoing" and said they were looking to deliver "a more compassionate style of government for the whole of the UK".

Under Northern Ireland's power-sharing agreement, the government there must be run by Irish nationalists and unionists together.

She is seeking to negotiate a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement whereby the DUP will throw their weight behind the government in key Commons votes, such as on the Queen's Speech and Budgets.

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell has raised concerns over reports the DUP want to end airport tax on visitors to Northern Ireland - which generated around £90m in 2015/16, according to HMRC estimates.

In both meetings, all leaders agreed on the urgent need to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive, believing that the June 29 deadline for completing negotiations could be met, according a statement from the Irish government.

Ireland's communists were engaged in a series of discussion forums with disillusioned Irish republicans, Mr McCartan revealed, arguing for "people's anti-imperialist politics" as the alternative to both Sinn Fein reformism and a return to militarism.

Both leaders re-affirmed their commitment to ensure that Britain's withdrawal from the European Union did not lead to a return of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

I may have worked in many cultures and countries in the interest of our country, but in Parliament I'm still new.

Asked in Belfast if negotiations with the Tories would conclude this week, Mr Hamilton said: "They will take as long as they take".

She said: "We remain fully committed to making the institutions work".

"If the DUP really wants to go into the Executive, that party needs to decide whether it is now prepared to embrace a rights-based approach to government in the North. We are hopeful of getting resolution to them as quickly as we possibly can".

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