Northern Ireland's DUP wants "sensible Brexit", talks with May to continue

Judith Bessette
Junho 19, 2017

But a deadly fire at a tower block in London delayed the announcement of any deal.

The Conservatives and DUP are now still continuing talks in order to secure a deal, although reportedly only minor details remain to be ironed out.

"The UK government is offering whatever support we can, working alongside the Irish government, as appropriate, honouring our respective commitments in the Belfast Agreement to serve the interests of the whole community in Northern Ireland", he said.

The meetings came as time is running out for the parties to reach an agreement on restoring devolved government to Stormont, with the Government set to resume direct rule from Westminster if there is no deal by June 29.

The proposed deal would see the DUP back the Conservatives in votes on the Budget and confidence motions.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier and the UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will meet in Brussels on Monday (19 June), kicking off negotiations likely to take nearly two years.

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

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But the Government will press ahead with the first round of Brexit talks two days before the official opening of Parliament.

He also suggested the Scottish Tories led by Ruth Davidson could add to the pressure on Mrs May to change course.

That would help safeguard jobs and trade with European Union members but would severely restrict the UK's ability to strike its own trade deals around the world.

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

May's government has said its Brexit plans remain the same, and will be pressing for close economic ties but a clear break with the bloc to be able to control immigration and restore sovereignty over British laws.

If the Government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on Earth can they get a deal with the EU?

Earlier this week, in a joint press conference with Mrs May, French president Emmanuel Macron claimed the door is always open for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union before Article 50 negotiations are concluded.

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