Sinn Fein says will oppose any deal that undermines peace deal

A Conservative source said this meant the party was "confident" it had enough votes for the programme to be approved after May suffered a disastrous setback in snap elections a week ago that saw her lose her majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, just ahead of crucial Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she said.

She raised concern that such a deal could put the Northern Ireland peace process at risk as the Government would no longer be an "honest broker" in the Good Friday Agreement.

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, Northern Ireland's second-largest Irish nationalist party, said his party had a "positive" meeting with the prime minister over her efforts to come up with a deal with the DUP.

Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them.

She will have to manage conflicting demands from within her own party, including a proposal for business groups and lawmakers from all parties to agree a national position for Britain's most complex negotiations since World War Two. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

Since then both parties have been unable to reach an agreement on a new political agreement.

Foster will nearly certainly ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as part of the deal, as well as guarantees on support for pension plans and for winter fuel allowances for older people. The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions. Even though, the U.S. has categorically refused to pour in more financial aid for the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

"A fundamental part of that peace process is that the United Kingdom government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland", he told the BBC. Pictured above are Sinn Féin's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill and party president Gerry Adams.

The stakes for May are high.

Theresa May is still in talks with the DUP to thrash out a deal that will allow the Tories to cling on in government and Mrs May to stay as PM.

David Davis is among three stand-out front runners to be named the next Prime Minister, along with fellow Conservative MP Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The best messenger would be Michel Barnier, the European Union chief negotiator, who is close to the French and German governments, and has been careful to avoid any rhetoric that could be characterised as punishment.

"We stand at a critical time with those Brexit negotiations starting only next week - I think that stability is important".

  • Leroy Wright