Talks between UK PM May's Conservatives and Northern Ireland's DUP restart
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 22:43
Coming off a bruising few days in which her future has hung in the balance, May will hope to secure a deal to prop up her minority government when she meets Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on Tuesday morning.
"We have worked as a party with the DUP before and those are productive talks". "Hopefully we can make a bit more progress today", he said.
He also suggested that the Scottish Tories led by Ruth Davidson could also add to the pressure on Mrs May to change course.
John O'Doherty, of LGBT health group the Rainbow Project, said: 'It is time for government to respect the will of the people of Northern Ireland, which is overwhelmingly in support of civil marriage equality.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.
The talks revolve around support from the DUP on a vote-by-vote basis in parliament, rather than a formal coalition government.
The nationalist Sinn Fein and SDLP and the cross-community Alliance have all made clear Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire can not chair the ongoing process to restore power-sharing at Stormont due to the perceived conflict of interest.
Her performance was roundly praised by Conservative MPs.
The UK Government wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process but both sides have made finding a solution to the issue of citizens' rights a priority.
"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean, or what promises may be given".
"So there is a lot of anxiety and a lot of fear out of what is being discussed".
Instead, the devastating blow has left May weakened among her Conservative Party and thrown open her Brexit strategy to criticism from peers, some of whom are not in favour of the current plan to leave the European Union single market and customs union.
As May attempts to cobble together a majority, the EU's Barnier said he will hold talks with British envoy Olly Robbins on Tuesday to organise the negotiations.
"My preoccupation is that time is passing - it's passing quicker than anyone believes".
"That's why we're ready to start very quickly". When asked about the Daily Telegraph article, Michael Gove, a minister who campaigned for Brexit, told ITV: "This is news to me".
Earlier in the week ministers had already said the Queen's Speech was likely to be set back from its scheduled date of Monday June 19, because of ongoing negotiations.
Reports suggested that the Queen's speech and the Brexit negotiations could be delayed as a result.
Taking to Twitter, Verhofstadt also voiced his frustration on the UK's apparent lack of direction.
Ministers are considering offering European Union migrants now living in Britain the chance to bring non-EU spouses to live in this country.
Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU.
He told the parliament: "Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, spoke about an open door".