UK leader holds alliance talks with NIreland party chief

Mr Corbyn, buoyed by Labour winning 30 seats and the Prime Minister losing her Commons majority, met with the Parliamentary Labour Party for the first time today since last Thursday's vote.

In an attempt to fight back over repeated reports over the Northern Ireland right-wing party's views on social issues, the party hopes to form a deal with the Conservatives.

"Some people blame politics for these divisions or say there is too much politics, but politics can be an incredible force for good - conducted in the right way it can be how we resolve our differences, how we deal with injustices and how we take, not shirk, the big decisions".

May is set to meet with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland on Tuesday to cobble together a deal to ensure her minority government can get its Queen's Speech through Parliament. "We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion".

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.

"And I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week".

German authorities granted citizenship to 2,865 United Kingdom nationals previous year, compared with about 600 in 2015, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

She said: "As we face hard challenges ahead, let us come together in a spirit of national unity to keep our country safe and build a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous future for everyone in every part of our United Kingdom".

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce had not changed, but at the meeting with lawmakers on Monday, May recognized that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

He added: "The danger is that however much any government tries they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a parliamentary deal at Westminster with one of the Northern Ireland parties and you never know in what unpredictable way events will turn out and we can not know if that impartiality is going to be crucial at some stage in the future".

The former party leader stressed that it was "very important" for there to be an "honest broker" in Northern Ireland and that the "only honest broker can be the UK Government".

Sir John said he was "concerned" about the deal between the two parties, explaining how he was "wary" and "dubious" about it "both for peace process reasons but also for others reasons as well".

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.

He said that he was on standby to "offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest" as an alternative to a Tory minority government.

Meanwhile, the chief European Union negotiator has told the Financial Times that the clock is ticking on Brexit talks, and that Britain should be wary of further delays.

Speaking in an interview with various European publications, Michel Barnier warned that time is "passing quicker than anyone believes - because the subjects we need to deal with are extraordinarily complex from a technical, judicial and financial point of view".

  • Salvatore Jensen