British PM May to meet Sinn Fein Northern Ireland leader on Thursday
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 15:33
In a tweet which has unsurprisingly gone viral, a reporter for Sky News Australia confirmed that not only did they think Sinn Féin was an actual person, but that he was also a member of the DUP.
It was announced in April that the deadline for parties there to reach a deal would be pushed out until June 29th.
The Prime Minister also discussed the current impasse at Stormont in a telephone conversation with newly elected Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday.
Following the meeting the Sinn Féin President said: "We told Prime Minister May and she and her government are in default of the Good Friday Agreement and that they have turned a blind eye to the disruptive actions of the DUP over a long time".
"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", O'Neill said in a statement.
The remarks come amid mounting criticism that Mrs May's proposed deal with the Unionist MPs - needed for the Tories after they lost their majority - jeopardises peace in Northern Ireland.
The anticipated deal with the DUP has forced Mrs May to reject claims that the Government will fatally undermine its supposed impartiality in Northern Ireland, in particular in the ongoing process to restore Stormont powersharing.
"These are the priority issues for us".
"It's a unity of goal, having voted to leave the European Union, that their Government gets on with that and makes a success of it, and we are committed to developing a deep and special partnership with the EU".
"We are certainly up for the task of getting devolved government back up and running in Northern Ireland".
But Irish nationalists Sinn Fein have voiced concerns a tie-up could destabilize politics in Northern Ireland and undermine the British government's neutrality in overseeing talks to form a new power-sharing government for the province.
He added that today's meeting with Mrs May was Sinn Fein's first visit to No 10 without Mr McGuinness.
But Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said talk of replacing Mr Brokenshire or appointing an independent chair from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland was a "sideshow".
"The Ulster Unionist Party is prepared, as we have always been prepared, to get the executive up and functioning again". The DUP has said it would not act in such a way as to allow Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister.
"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".
He spoke out after holding face-to-face talks with Theresa May in Downing Street aimed at kick-starting the stalled Northern Ireland peace process. "She simply said that they were working on an arrangement for confidence and supply".