Former Tory PM John Major intervenes over 'fragile' DUP deal

Sinn Féin, he said, "won't interfere in British affairs".

DUP sources told the BBC the two sides were close to reaching agreement but they considered it "inappropriate" to announce the deal while emergency services were still dealing with the blaze at Grenfell Tower in West London.

Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds entered Downing Street at around 12:40 p.m. (1140 GMT, 7:40 a.m. EDT).

"I'm not entirely convinced, that although ha deal would make parliamentary votes easier, that it is absolutely necessary for Mrs May to remain as prime minister", he said.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill, who will also take part in the meeting, 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".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, comments placing her in the camp of those advocating a closer trade relationship with the European Union, or "soft" Brexit.

Northern Ireland's frontier with the Republic of Ireland will be the UK's only land border with the European Union after Brexit.

The DUP's manifesto called for a corporation tax rate of 12.5 percent - the same level as in the Republic of Ireland - or lower.

"But also because we think strategically that is the way to a united Ireland".

The DUP supported Brexit but the party is not in favour of Ms.

That could range from bus lanes to schools and hospitals. "There's no doubt about that, but perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with the other parties on how best we can achieve it", he said at a conference in Poland.

"My main concern is the peace process", he said.

As he arrived at the Dail in Dublin ahead of Enda Kenny's formal resignation as taoiseach, Mr Adams said incoming Irish premier Leo Varadkar needed to put his efforts into restoring powersharing north of the border.

He warned that it would be seen as "paying cash for votes" which would "cost [us] votes by the bucketload" in the country.

"It's imperative that both governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive".

It had been suggested the start of negotiations could be delayed by the failure of any party to win a House of Commons majority at last week's General Election.

A failure to gain support from the Northern Irish party would risk the Queen's Speech being voted down next week - after Jeremy Corbyn made clear Labour will seek to block the legislative programme.

The Tories and the DUP are considering an arrangement which would see the Northern Irish party back the government to get its Budget through and on confidence motions.

The DUP and Sinn Fein have also been at loggerheads recently over the collapse of a power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland that has meant the province has had no government since January.

  • Leroy Wright