Latest Northern Ireland talks' deadline in doubt: Sinn Fein

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 24, 2017

The DUP sources also dismissed reports in the Northern Irish press that it was Northern Ireland Office officials who were holding up the deal being discussed with Downing Street.

Theresa May, pictured with DUP leader Arlene Foster.

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.

Theresa May's proposed deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has run into a roadblock, with British legal experts checking if it would run foul of the Good Friday Agreement.

Talks between the DUP and the government "haven't proceeded in a way that DUP would have expected", sources have told Sky News.

The DUP's £2bn demand for health and infrastructure emerged in briefings to the BBC in Northern Ireland, which said the party was also seeking cuts to corporation tax.

Today's Queen's Speech is notable not for what's in it, but for what's been left out.

The speech comes in the wake of a snap election that weakened May and forced her to seek a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP.

An increasingly isolated Prime Minister was given a vote of confidence by the transport secretary Chris Grayling, who said it was not the time to change Prime Minister.

Philip Hammond has said this morning he is confident Mrs May will still strike a deal despite nearly a fortnight of stalled negotiations.

"Among other things, we will discuss Northern Ireland and the need to re-establish devolved Government, and Brexit, focusing on how we can avoid any adverse impact on the rights and freedoms of our citizens, on trade and the economy". "These appointments enhance the government team and help us to drive forward the program for a partnership government and build a republic of opportunity", Varadkar said.

May said in a statement last night to the BBC: 'The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent.

Power-sharing is key to the delicate balance of Northern Irish politics, so the fact that the British government is cosying up to the fervently unionist party has provoked unease. "As a United Kingdom government, we remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement, its successor agreements".

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