Cabinet briefed on plans for Government deal with DUP
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:59
George Bridges, another Brexit minister, quit the department, the Times of London reported, leaving Brexit secretary David Davis with a new team just a week before negotiations with the European Union are due to start.
"Although I don't expect it suddenly to collapse, because there's a broad consensus that wishes it to continue, I think we have to take care with it and take care that everything we do does not exaggerate the underlying differences that still are there in the Northern Ireland community".
"I simply think you need to be very wary of what could happen and therefore be very cautious about what you do, so that does concern me quite apart from my other concerns about an agreement with the DUP".
Media reports suggested an agreement could be delayed into next week, but the spokesman said: "I certainly have heard nothing on this side to indicate that".
But a deadly fire at a tower block in London could delay the announcement of any deal, BBC political reporter Norman Smith said.
Predictions were made of a Lib Dem surge as Tim Farron's party, we were told, were now the "real opposition" who represented the 48 per cent.
May has a busy schedule on Tuesday, hosting a cabinet meeting and talks with the DUP leader before travelling to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
Top EU and British figures held "talks about talks" on Brexit Monday (12 June) but failed to nail down a date for the start of negotiations amid the fallout from Britain's chaotic election, officials said.
They are adamant the United Kingdom government can no longer cast itself as a neutral facilitator in the process, given Theresa May's intent to form a minority government with the DUP.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, warned Tuesday that "the current uncertainty can not continue" and on Wednesday issued five "pressing questions" on Twitter.
In an interview with a group of European newspapers, Mr Barnier lamented that it was already three months since Ms May had formally triggered the two-year process of Britain leaving the European Union.
With current non-EU immigration alone running at over 180,000 and the PM refusing to remove global students from the net migration figures, the current situation will be a wake-up call for the PM to listen to British universities, and to the House of Lords and the public and come up with a more positive, proactive, pro-international students policy, changing the current negative perceptions of her party. That's why we're ready to start very quickly.
"I can't negotiate with myself", he told the Financial Times.
European politicians also appeared to detect a shift in the mood around Brexit, with France's Macron saying the door was open until the negotiations had concluded for Britain to remain a member of the EU.
While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have backed at some of the practical implications of a so-call hard Brexit, including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland, and talks will touch on efforts to minimise the potential damage to Northern Ireland.
May desperately needs the DUP's 10 seats to pass legislation.
They would not form a coalition.
He did this while simultaneously keeping the peace process - and behind the scenes contacts with the IRA - going.
The unionists have struggled for years with Irish Catholic nationalists who want Northern Ireland to join a united Ireland.