Gerry Adams says Tory-DUP deal in breach of Good Friday Agreement

The Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, said he believed the deal would be in breach of the Good Friday agreement because it would undermine the government's role as a neutral convener.

Mr McFadden, who is a member of the cross-party Brexit Select Committee, said: "The fact that The Conservatives are reliant on cobbling together a deal with the DUP to survive in Government shows how badly they miscalculated in calling an early election for no better reason than enjoying a big opinion poll lead".

The comment risked sparking upset because of Sinn Fein's former links to the IRA, which was responsible for the death of the Queen's cousin and her husband's uncle Lord Mountbatten in 1979.

"However, while talks are ongoing it is important that the Government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the House for passing a Queen's Speech".

"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".

Following talks in Downing Street with new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mrs May said the terms of any arrangement between the Conservatives and the DUP would be made public once they were agreed.

The warning, in a tense meeting at Downing Street, came as the DUP and the Tories inched towards a deal.

Pat McFadden says DUP leader Arlene Foster will be "very keen" to secure terms with the European Union that allows barrier free trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We will engage intensely to make that happen.

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 start of Brexit negotiations in Brussels underline the urgent need to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing, Ireland's foreign minister has said.

Others leaders who met May remained skeptical.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the Prime Minister had not convinced him the "DUP tail is not wagging the Tory dog".

  • Leroy Wright