May in talks with Northern Irish parties over DUP deal

May in talks with Northern Irish parties over DUP deal

The spokesman did not provide details on the timing of Wednesday's talks.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated May on "returning as PM" and said he "looked forward to this parliament, however short it may be", in reference to her weakened support base as the head of a minority government. A source said: "The focus will be on restoring devolved government to Northern Ireland as soon as possible".

Theresa May is set for talks with the leaders of Northern Ireland's political parties to discuss their concerns over a Tory-DUP deal.

The Times newspaper said finance minister Philip Hammond would push May not to leave the customs union - an arrangement which guarantees tariff-free trade within the bloc but prohibits members from striking third-party trade deals.

Britain's preparations for the complex Brexit talks have been thrown into turmoil after Prime Minister Theresa May failed to secure a parliamentary majority in a national election last week.

That border will become an external European Union border after Brexit and there have been growing fears that any border controls would have a serious economic impact on both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"It's a unity of goal, having voted to leave the European Union, that their government gets on with that and makes a success of it". They have struggled for years with nationalists, who want the British province to join a united Ireland.

Verhofstadt also cast doubt on May's strategy, telling journalists at the parliament in Strasbourg that Britain's election result "was certainly not a support of the hard Brexit".

Gerry Adams, the party's president, and Michelle O'Neill, its Stormont leader, will be in Downing Street on Thursday, even as the prolonged Conservative talks with the DUP grind on. But a newly appointed junior Brexit minister, Steve Baker, told Reuters: "I don't foresee any change ..."

The Queen's Speech is now expected to be delayed from next Monday until the following week and the start of the Brexit talks - also penciled in for next Monday - is also likely to be put back.

'I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit, ' added Cameron who quit past year after Britons voted to leave the European Union, against his advice, in a referendum that he had called.

The Irish republican Sinn Fein party - which won seven seats in the election although their MPs traditionally do not take up their seats in protest - is also wary of the alliance. She lost her majority and now needs to broker a deal with the DUP.

She reportedly apologised to Tory MPs, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from David Cameron when she became leader after the Brexit referendum past year.

"The door of course is still open as long as Brexit negotiations have not been concluded", Mr Macron said.

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