Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well


The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday which signaled she would be more open to consultation, particularly with business leaders demanding answers about the details on Britain's departure from the European Union.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out of it", May told her party MPs.

They are hoping to ramp up the pressure on the region's largest political party to change its stance at a time when its policies on social issues are under renewed scrutiny due to the likely parliamentary deal with the minority Tory government.

Major said he sympathised with May and her need to shore up her position, but he urged her to consult more widely on her approach to Brexit, saying he thought the so-called hard Brexit was "increasingly unsustainable".

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

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".

Some observers have maintained that a deal with the DUP risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists.

The decision to announce a new date for the Speech, two days later than its scheduled date of June 19, was made after Mrs May's regular audience with the Queen on Wednesday.

Mr Brokenshire insisted the Government would honour its commitments in the Good Friday Agreement and warned that time was running out if power-sharing was to be restored and a return to direct rule from Westminster avoided.

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The prime minister had hoped to be in the French capital with a strong popular mandate for a "hard" Brexit.

May faced Conservative party lawmakers at a meeting of its 1922 Committee.

"That's why we're ready to start very quickly".

As May attempts to cobble together a majority, the EU's Barnier said he will hold talks with British envoy Olly Robbins on Tuesday to organise the negotiations.

He also pointed out that three months after Article 50 had been triggered, formal discussions had yet to start. She waved but did not say anything as she went into 10 Downing St.

Amid calls from some MPs for the Conservatives to rethink their Brexit strategy, he said there was a "clear consensus" for leaving the single market and ending free movement while retaining the "maximum access" to European Union markets and maintaining co-operation in key areas such as science.

European Union leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking.

Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium's former prime minister, said it was crucial for the United Kingdom government to shed light on how it wished to proceed, after Theresa May's failure to secure a parliamentary majority, created further uncertainty for the UK's future relationship with the EU.

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