DUP leader slams 'hyperbole' over gay rights policy

"We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week". Sources say delay over Govt deal with DUP not cos talks are "stuttering" - 95% agreed between both sides.

In another intervention Tuesday, former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major warned against a pact between May and the DUP.

He has urged Theresa May to pull out of a deal with the DUP to prop her up in power, warning it risks a return of violence in Northern Ireland.

The announcement followed speculation that talks may have to be delayed because of the inconclusive outcome of last week's General Election, which has already forced the State Opening of Parliament to be put back from June 19 to 21. Some involved in the Irish peace process are alarmed because the 1998 Good Friday peace accords call for the British government to be neutral in the politics of Northern Ireland.

Ms Teggart added: "We are today calling on the next UK Government to commit, particularly in the absence of functioning devolution, to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland's abortion laws in line with global human rights standards".

The First Minister said she was concerned by the "disregard" shown for the Northern Irish peace process and called for full details of any deal to be made public.

"Look at what the Tories (Conservatives) have managed to do to the United Kingdom in the space of just one year, firstly calling a divisive and reckless European Union referendum. then having lost that gamble pursuing a hard Brexit path", Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

The cabinet also discussed the ongoing talks with the DUP to secure a confidence and supply arrangement, added May's official spokesperson.

Talks restarted on Monday in Belfast, under Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire.

In her turn, May noted about the Brexit negotiations, "We have been very clear we want to maintain a close relationship and a close partnership with the European Union and individual member states into the future, including in the areas we've discussed this evening".

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce has not changed, but May has recognised that a broader consensus needs to be built for Brexit and has made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

"I think there is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom", May said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

  • Zachary Reyes