UK's May To Meet Northern Ireland Leaders To Smooth DUP Deal

Deal with N. Ireland party may add to Tories' woes

May is due to meet the leaders of all five Northern Ireland political parties, June 15, in an effort to try and form a consensus over power-sharing, following the fallout between Sinn Fein and the DUP in January, when Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy First Minister, throwing the executive - the devolved government - into chaos.

The BBC reported DUP sources who said the talks were going well but it was thought "inappropriate" to make an announcement while events were unfolding at the Grenfell Tower in west London, where at least six have died.

She was said to have reached agreement on "95 per cent" of the demands the party has made as the price of its support.

Mrs O'Neill said she would discuss her concerns with new Irish PM Leo Varadkar the following day.

There has been "slower progress" in talks between the Conservatives and DUP, with an agreement unlikely to be announced on Wednesday.

The Conservatives need the DUP's 10 votes to achieve a working majority in parliament, but some have expressed fears that it could undermine a peace settlement that brought an end to three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

The move came as a senior Conservative source said talks with the DUP on a deal to prop up a minority Tory administration were "progressing well" with "broad agreement" on the principles of the Speech, setting out the Government's legislative programme for the coming year.

The DUP leader said: "There's been a lot of commentary around the issues that we are talking about and it won't surprise anyone that we are talking about matters that pertain, of course, to the nation generally".

He warned that a deal between the Conservatives and DUP would be in breach.

She added that the British government has taken away £1billion from Northern Ireland.

However Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said they would oppose any deal which undermined the Good Friday Agreement, which commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

Farron was a strong opponent of Brexit and supported a second referendum on Britain leaving the EU.

Mrs May stressed Brexit would happen and the timetable remains on course.

"We want the European Union to continue to remain strong and we want to continue to cooperate".

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