Cabinet briefed on plans for Government deal with DUP

James Brokenshire not acceptable chairman for Stormont talks says Gerry Adams

James Brokenshire not acceptable chairman for Stormont talks says Gerry Adams

Theresa May desperately needs the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 seats to pass legislation.

Sir John said he want May to "succeed and stay" as the PM and understands clearly why she is doing the deal with the DUP however, his "main concern" is the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mrs Foster arrived with colleague Nigel Dodds and waved to reporters in Downing Street but refused to be drawn on whether she would agree to a deal on Tuesday.

She said she hoped for a "successful conclusion".

The talks Tuesday with the Democratic Unionist Party follows her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting 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'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it", she said, Reuters reports, citing a Conservative lawmaker who attended the meeting. She is a heroine to many in her party after leading a campaign in Scotland which yielded an additional 12 Tory seats and saved the Conservatives from defeat.

Michael Gove, former Brexit leave campaigner and now Environment Secretary, later confirmed to BBC television that he had discussed Brexit with Labour politicians.

Under the confidence and supply arrangement being mooted by the Tories and the DUP, the Northern Irish party's 10 MPs would lend its support to the Government for key votes - such as passing the Budget and the Queen's Speech.

"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

In return, the DUP is expected to seek more investment for Northern Ireland and a strong commitment to ensuring that the Border remains frictionless after Brexit.

While the DUP is deeply euroskeptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-call hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimize the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

The deal has also caused consternation in Dublin, with Irish premier Enda Kenny warning such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams turned Mrs May's own slogan against her to brand it "a coalition of chaos", adding: "Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday Agreement is one which has to be opposed".

Meanwhile, MPs will return to Westminster on Tuesday, the first time since the election.

On Monday, she faces members of the Conservatives' 1922 Committee, which can trigger a vote of confidence in a party leader if it receives letters from 15 percent of the party's MPs.

Mr Bruton's comments come as the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain could be running out of time to secure its European Union ties.

Macron and May are also expected to discuss the need for closer cooperation at the European level to fight terrorism, which they discussed at the G7 in Italy and at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels late last month.

She declined to speculate about any change in Britain's plans to withdraw from the European Union following the election, saying, "The citizens have decided, and I assume that we will have to carry out these negotiations".

Recommended News

  • ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final Preview

    ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final Preview

    The same England batsmen, who batted with flair and finesse through the tournament, came a cropper in a high stake semifinal. England lead the head-to-head battle with a 6-4 record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments.
    Florida puppy transaction leads to deadly shooting, family says

    Florida puppy transaction leads to deadly shooting, family says

    Jacksonville-based WFOX reported that Bowman's fiancée told the two kids, ages eight and four, to run and get help. According to Action News Jax, the victim's daughter ran to get help while screaming, " you shot my dad! ".

    Jeff Sessions offered to resign amid tension with Donald Trump

    He later added, after being pressed again on the matter: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question". Spicer said, "If I haven't had a discussion with him [the president] on a subject, I tend not to speak on it".
  • At least 6 killed in massive London high-rise blaze

    At least 6 killed in massive London high-rise blaze

    Nassima Boutrig, who lives opposite the building, said she was awakened by sirens and smoke so thick that it filled her home. People leave donations near the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London .

    "Covfefe"-there's a congressional act for that now"

    President Trump later deleted the tweet and followed up with another tweet asking Twitter what " covfefe " actually meant. But the White House recently clarified that social media should be taken as official communication from the president.
    Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

    Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

    Verlander left his last start with right groin tightness but threw a 33-pitch bullpen session Thursday and reported no problems. Nicholas Castellanos and Mikey Mahtook homered and Martinez and Jose Iglesias both had three hits for the Tigers (29-31).
  • Kremlin rejects US criticism of Russian protest arrests

    Russia's government tried to head off the demonstration in Moscow by banning it from going ahead in the center of the city. Navalny - who set it all in motion - was whisked through his court hearing on Monday and handed a 30 day prison sentence.
    US spy planes help Philippine troops quell siege

    US spy planes help Philippine troops quell siege

    On Saturday, the military said it was validating reports that two Maute brothers leading the enemy have been slain. Philippine military officials say the violence has left at least 138 militants and 58 government troops dead.

    US players thinking of 3 points in Mexico, not border wall

    The chances of getting a ticket to the final of the World Cup from the national team of Honduras are few. Pulisic has been a part of 12 goals (seven goals, five assists) in 15 global appearances.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Four Renewal for Netflix Comedy Series

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Four Renewal for Netflix Comedy Series

    Fey has appeared in several guest roles, as have big names like Ice-T, Jon Hamm , Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern . She quickly finds a new job (working for Krakowski), a new roommate (Burgess), and a new beginning.

    Apple confirms release of HomePod - the 'smartest speaker on offer'

    The HomePod has seven beam forming tweeters and an upward- facing 10.2cm woofer for improved audio output, said Apple . For instance, the iPhone , is one of the most expensive smartphones, yet Apple sells it tens of millions every year .
    Dana White Disputes Claims, Says He's 'Running' Mayweather-McGregor Negotiations

    Dana White Disputes Claims, Says He's 'Running' Mayweather-McGregor Negotiations

    I've had a couple of back-to-back days with bad "legitimate" news stories with the Las Vegas review Journal and now the L.A. Last month McGregor attempted to force the issue by announcing he had signed on the dotted line for the fight to happen.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.