Varadkar to hold separate talks with DUP and Sinn Féin

Evrard Martin
Juin 19, 2017

The Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement, was a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s.

The pound rose after the Bank of England came its closest in a decade to raising interest rates to counter higher prices after Britain's vote to leave the European Union - a move that could further squeeze Britons with big mortgages.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she is ready to "tango" with Sinn Fein in order to finally put a government together in NI after five months of legislative bedlam.

"The talks are ongoing, they are very positive, they are constructive".

With her tally of Conservative MPs slashed to 317 in last week's poll, Mrs May needs the backing of the DUP's 10 members to reach the 320 required for a working majority in the Commons.

He said his party would oppose any deal between the British government and the DUP that undermined the 1998 accord but he said Sinn Féin would support any additional funds for the north secured in return for supporting Mrs May.

Mrs May has met with Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and Alliance Party in separate engagements at Downing Street, amid concerns the Government will compromise its stated impartiality in the region if it enters a confidence and supply deal with the DUP at Westminster.

And the Tories pledged to: "Work with the DUP to maintain Northern Ireland's 100 per cent regional aid status, to reduce electricity costs in Northern Ireland and to ensure that both Innovate UK and the British Business Bank focus more heavily on Northern Ireland".

After days of uncertainty, the Government announced that the State Opening would now take place on Wednesday June 21 - two days later than originally scheduled.

Parliament now "deserves a say", he said, adding that there was "perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with the other parties on how best we can achieve it".

The Irish government statement said there was agreement on the importance of a functioning executive in the context of the Brexit negotiations due to start next week.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support May's Queen's speech in the lower house of parliament to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence.

The pair got to know each other when they were each responsible for tourism policy as ministers.

"They can't have it both way, it has to be dealt with sensibly".

It is not yet clear whether the European Union withdrawal talks will go ahead on that day, although Brexit Secretary David Davis has said they will start "next week".

May left Downing Street without responding to reporters' questions on whether an agreement had been reached with the DUP, which is needed to help the Conservatives command the majority they lost in last week's election.

"And if that wasn't enough, calling an unnecessary general election purely for the self interest of the Conservative Party and having mucked that campaign up they are now putting the country in hock to the DUP".

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