Tory-DUP deal announcement put on hold due to London blaze

But former Conservative Prime Minister John Major said he was "dubious" about a deal and its impact on the peace process.

According to the statement issued on Thursday, the European Union and the United Kingdom are set to begin negotiations on Article 50, which was triggered on March 29 and sets out the procedure for withdrawing from the 27-member bloc, reports Efe news.

Speaking straight after a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, the Prime Minister praised the increased diversity in the chamber, noting the record number of LGB MPs as well as the record number of BME MPs, disabled MPs and female MPs.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.

Party leader Arlene Foster seemed buoyant as she arrived at May's Downing Street office - and her good mood just kept on going.

He said there was a danger the government will not look "impartial" if it is "locked into a parliamentary deal" with the Northern Irish Party.

Sinn Fein has declined to say whether it might challenge a Tory-DUP tie-up in the courts, but Alex Maskey, a Sinn Fein member of the Belfast Assembly, said it could "prove to be reckless".

Less than a week before Brexit talks are due to begin, Ms May faces conflicting demands within her own party and even a proposal for business groups and politicians from all parties to agree on a national position for Britain's most complex negotiations since World War II.

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce had not changed, but at the meeting with lawmakers on Monday, May recognized that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

May in return for the DUP's support, but there are indications the party will be seeking more funding for Northern Ireland programs as well as a softer line on Brexit talks.

The 1998 peace accords in Northern Ireland set up a power-sharing agreement in the British province, but this collapsed in January when Irish republicans Sinn Fein pulled out, citing a breakdown in trust.

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

"I'm afraid this new arrangement that sees the DUP propping up Theresa May and her Conservative government makes that increasingly hard".

"I think there is a unity of objective among people in the United Kingdom".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, warned Tuesday that "the current uncertainty can not continue" and on Wednesday issued five "pressing questions" on Twitter.

The draft law would empower Europe to decide if post-Brexit London has the right to host financial market "clearing houses" that deal in euros, the EU's single currency.

  • Zachary Reyes