Theresa May yet to strike deal with DUP ahead of Queen's Speech

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

The DUP's deal to prop up the Conservatives at Westminster is also likely to be discussed at Downing Street.

The talks to restore the institutions take place as negotiations continue in London between Prime Minister Theresa May and the DUP to strike a parliamentary deal to support her minority Government.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been struggling to put together a working government since the Conservative Party lost its majority in the June 8 election.

Such is the collapse of May's authority that her entire Brexit strategy is being picked apart in public by her ministers, her lawmakers and her allies on the eve of formal negotiations which begin in Brussels today at 0900 GMT.

Mrs May said she was steadfastly committed to the Good Friday Agreement and wanted to see a "close and special partnership" with the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit. We heard an array of arguments and counter arguments about the impact on United Kingdom citizens, our connection to the economy, the importance of European Union workers to the NHS and of course a multitude of migration statistics.

Britain has less than two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce and the outlines of the future relationship before it is due to leave in late March 2019.

High court judges would be asked to examine whether the pact breaches the British government's commitment to exercise "rigorous impartiality" in the Good Friday agreement.

Reaffirming the Communist Party of Ireland's "total opposition" to European Union membership, Mr McCartan argued that the issue was very problematic for Sinn Fein, which changed its position to support European Union membership in Britain's referendum previous year.

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Mrs May said today that the Government was "steadfast in our support for the Belfast Agreement", but the Blanch man said he did "relay concerns" about a possible deal. "Both the Scottish Conservatives and the DUP are keeping the Conservatives in power", observes a senior figure.

Compounding the pressures on the British leader, she has been widely accused of failing to show enough empathy with victims of a horrific tower block fire in London last week.

"But it's not very strong and stable".

UKIP were more sceptical, with Gerard Batten MEP, the party's Brexit spokesman, saying in a statement: "All talk of negotiating a good deal is codswallop".

David Cameron was the last PM to cancel a Queen's Speech so Parliament could remain in session for two years.

"Instead, they want more money and to maintain free trade across northern and southern Ireland after Britain's exit from the EU', he declared".

In the past 12 months we've heard about hard Brexit, soft Brexit, red, white and blue Brexit, smooth Brexit, Brexit that means Brexit, good deals, bad deals, no deals and more.

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