United Kingdom government attempt stalled by Northern Ireland

He noted it was an "interesting time" in both British politics and Irish politics with the Brexit "train coming down the track".

Sir John delivered a stark warning that aTory arrangement with the DUP to stay in power could undermine the Peace Process.

Earlier, the leader of the lower house of parliament said the state opening of parliament would be held on June 21, when the government will set out its legislative agenda, suggesting the two parties had neared an understanding.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has told Sinn Fein leaders if they are concerned about her party's enhanced influence at Westminster they should move to restore devolution at Stormont.

May's pursuit of the DUP has raised concerns in the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party has come under criticism for aligning with the socially hardline DUP, which has a right-wing stance on issues such gay rights and abortion.

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

Devolution in Northern Ireland is based on the template laid out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The party was originally allowed to do so by then Prime Minister Tony Blair to encourage it into the political process but for the decade it has been the joint ruling party in Northern Ireland.

"And 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".

On Saturday, hundreds of anti-DUP protesters marched on Downing Street against the "hateful" alliance between Mrs May and the DUP.

"That's the very least it is - it's a coalition of chaos for the times ahead".

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet delegations from Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Ulster Unionist and Alliance parties in Downing Street today.

"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", Ms O'Neill said in a statement.

An agreement between the Tories and DUP is thought to be close, with Mrs May saying the talks had been "productive" and emphasising the need for "stability" in government.

Mrs Foster has rejected suggestions that the mooted agreement could undermine the United Kingdom government's impartiality and prevent a return to power-sharing arrangements at Stormont.

Brexit is another complicating factor in the mix.

Major's warning comes amid ongoing political turmoil in Northern Ireland.

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

  • Leroy Wright