Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support May's Queen's speech in the lower house of parliament to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence.

However, the prospect of a deal has prompted warnings that it could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

Referring to financial controversies which helped tumble the Executive earlier this year, including the Cash for Ash scandal linked to Ms Foster, Mr Kearney said they continue to overshadow the region.

Arlene Foster's leadership of the Democratic Unionists remains a stumbling block that could scupper crunch talks to end a powersharing stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin has warned.

Former British Prime Minister John Major said he was concerned May's plan to govern with the support of the DUP could pitch the province back into turmoil by persuading "hard men" on both sides of the divide to return to violence.

"Continued refusal by the DUP and British government to accept these fundamental positions will create only one outcome: a future of permanent political instability", he said.

Mrs May needs the votes of the DUP's 10 MPs to prop up her minority administration as she hopes to steer government business, including crucial measures on Brexit, through the Commons.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce has not changed, but May has recognised that a broader consensus needs to be built for Brexit and has made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

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Even some Republicans have grudgingly admitted if this investment is forthcoming from the central government in London it could be a good thing for Northern Ireland.

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, Northern Ireland's second-largest Irish nationalist party, said his party had a "positive" meeting with the prime minister over her efforts to come up with a deal with the DUP.

It is expected that an informal coalition agreement will be signed today between the Conservatives and the DUP bringing this loose arrangement government into being.

"Northern Ireland's political leaders now have it in their hands to take control and shape a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland".

However, she said her party would go back and look at an expert report on the issue of fatal foetal abnormality which is understood to recommend legal changes.

"We never put timescales on when we expect a deal to be done and I'm not going to start now".

Leadsom said: "The government has agreed with Buckingham Palace that the state opening of parliament will take place on 21 June 2017".

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