DUP to 'support soft Irish border' in Brexit talks

Speaking at a joint news conference with May, the Republic of Ireland's new Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the border should be "invisible".

Mr Coveney made his comments at Stormont on Monday evening after a day of British and Irish governmental and multi-party talks aimed at finding an agreement to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembly by the deadline of June 29th.

"Obviously also we are going to have a discussion around Brexit".

She said both of them had met the two main parties in Northern Ireland - the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein - to make clear that Britain and Ireland would do everything to work with them, stressing the importance of reaching an agreement by June 29.

"As a UK Government we remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement, its successor agreements". Ireland has a key role in the arrangements and structures set out in the Good Friday Agreement that has led to a period of peace in the trouble-torn region.

There have been calls for a new cross-party approach to the talks in the wake of the General Election result, although Downing Street has insisted its strategy will not change.

LONDON (AP) - The British government plans to have the next Parliament hold a two-year session to deal with the expected onslaught of Brexit-related legislation.

"I want to see us deliver Brexit and we are 100 per cent ready to get on with the job".

Northern Ireland has been without a power-sharing executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January.

On his talks in London with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, he said they had offered an "Irish solution to an English problem" as giving Northern Ireland special European Union status after Brexit to keep an open border on the island.

The event was delayed so the British prime minister could court a sectarian Protestant party in Northern Ireland to secure the parliamentary majority she lost in this month's elections.

The failure of the Irish Government to fulfil its obligations as a co-guarantor for the Good Friday Agreement is a national scandal, the South Antrim MLA said.

O'Neill told reporters outside the Dail they are also committed to getting a government up and running in the North. And more than half of SDLP supporters (56%) said they would opt to stay in the United Kingdom if a poll was held tomorrow.

  • Leroy Wright