Financial deal between Tories and DUP must be made public - McDonnell

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 24, 2017

A snap election meant to strengthen her hand instead left her short of an outright majority and needing the DUP's support.

Since talks began with the DUP nearly two weeks ago in the chaos following May's unexpected loss of her majority, the negotiations have followed an uncertain course with conflicting signals about whether a deal would be struck.

If the Northern Irish people find that the DUP is not reflecting their wishes accurately and unreservedly during the Brexit talks between London and Brussels, it might provoke a backlash over there.

However, almost two weeks after the election, there is still no agreement between the parties.

Mr McDonnell has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond demanding "transparency" around any extra resources made available to Northern Ireland as a result of a deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to make assurances to her own party that there will be no backslide on equality issues, but facing steep economic demands from the DUP, the deal could yet collapse.

Talks are ongoing between the Conservatives and DUP over a "confidence and supply" arrangement to help get Government legislation through the House of Commons.

He also warned against the constitutional risks of a DUP deal "playing one part of the United Kingdom off against another".

Mr Donaldson also said Brexit was being discussed with the Conservatives.

"Clearly, two political parties, we have some differences, but we have a lot in common". And although the unionists are supportive of Brexit, they want guarantees of freedom of movement and an open border with the Republic. "The talks have been taking place in a constructive way." said Damien Green, when asked about the possibility of a successful deal.

The failure to reach a deal with the DUP before the Queen reads May's legislative programme is not necessarily fatal to it, because parliament will not vote on whether to endorse it until next week.

"Downing Street is a vacuum", the newspaper said.

Fine Gael does not hold an overall majority in the Dail Eireann, so Varadkar had to form a minority government with independent TDs (members of parliament).

Northern Ireland politics has been in crisis since Sinn Fein pulled out of government in January, prompting an election in March and a series of missed deadlines to restore the compulsory coalition between Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists.

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