Taoiseach Holds Meeting With DUP Leader
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 9:03
The Irish republican Sinn Fein party which won seven seats in the election although MPs traditionally do not take up their seats in protest is also wary of the alliance. Instead, she found the opposition Labour Party unexpectedly making a strong second-place showing and national politics thrown into disarray.
He added: "I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated".
"The last thing we want to see is one or other of the communities so aggrieved that the hard men, who are still there lurking in the corners of the communities decide to return to some form of violence", he said.
As Mrs Foster met with her MPs in Westminster, she said: "The future's bright", prompting Ian Paisley junior to respond: "The future's orange". Their worry is that it may make the negotiations a little skewed as it may feel like the British government is backing the DUP in talks rather than being objective.
Michael Gove, a former leadership rival, who was appointed environment secretary after losing his post as justice secretary in May's cabinet reshuffle previous year, said the PM is the ideal candidate to lead the country through Brexit.
A deal with the DUP also risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists. "Unless the Irish Government is keeping them to that responsibility they will behave as they have behaved as long as I have lived".
Both London and Dublin must "recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement" if power sharing at Stormont is to be re-established, she said.
Macron said the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the European Union as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished.
"My preoccupation is that time is passing, it is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex".
As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany wanted a Brexit deal that would limit negative consequences for the bloc but also did not want it to weaken Britain.