DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain June 13, 2017.

Former prime minister Mr Cameron said Mrs May would have to change her approach to Brexit as a result of the election.

The loss of a slim majority, inherited from her predecessor, in a snap election called at a time when the opposition was at its weakest and most divided is, unequivocally, a disaster.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey raised concerns over the prospect of a "very unsafe deal" between the DUP and the Tory Party, saying Labour was "ready and waiting to form a minority government".

Asked about Major's intervention at a press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, May said: "We remain steadfast in our commitment to the agreements ..." It was a reference to the May's government which started their election campaign at the end of April expecting a landslide victory, only to emerge losing their majority.

British Prime Minister Theresa May meets the leader of a small Northern Irish Protestant party on Tuesday in an attempt to save her premiership and avoid a second election that would thrust Brexit negotiations into turmoil.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservatives MPs, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks. She may have given a strong performance in front of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers (at least that's what the secretary of the committee told Julia Hartley-Brewer) but that doesn't mean the Tory backwoodsmen won't suddenly turn round and force a vote of no confidence if Jeremy Corbyn continues to surge ahead in the polls or the Brexit talks unravel.

Foster will nearly certainly ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as part of the deal, as well as guarantees on support for pension plans and for winter fuel allowances for older people. But Northern Ireland opposed Brexit and the price for its support may include not only a "soft" Brexit that is nearly no Brexit at all, but the abandonment of several contentious elements of the Conservative election platform that helped turn an anticipated landslide into a humiliating retreat.

However, Major said running a minority government was "an option well worth considering", arguing that even an informal alliance was "bound" to strain relations with the Irish government.

"A fundamental part of that peace process is that the United Kingdom government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland", Major said.

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected, describing any partnership between the Conservatives and the DUP as "a coalition of chaos".

The potential deal descended into farce as Downing Street announced that an agreement was in place, with the DUP later contradicting the statement to say that no deal had been finalised.

The stakes for May are high.

But May appears to be motivated by her desire to guarantee a majority in Parliament for a Queen's Speech - a key event in the parliamentary calendar in which the government lays out its policy agenda for the coming year. If that happens, Corbyn will demand a chance to try to form a government by uniting progressive factors in the House of Commons.

Before travelling to London, Foster on Monday said her party would go into the talks "with the national interest at heart".

Mr Barnier held "talks about talks" in Brussels with Mrs May's Brexit adviser Olly Robbins and Britain's ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow, on Monday but they failed to agree on a date for the negotiations to begin.

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