Irish PM holds separate talks with leaders of Northern Ireland parties

28 June, 2017, 02:55 | Author: Gregory Stephens

Britain's ruling Conservatives and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party have yet to agree a deal to support Prime Minister Theresa May's government, Sky News reported on Thursday, citing sources.

Despite the failure to sign-off an agreement with the DUP, the Tories are pressing ahead with the state opening of parliament, which will now take place next Wednesday, having been delayed for two days.

THE deal Theresa May needs to keep her in No.10 may go unsigned until next week because of wrangling over money, sources claimed last night.

But instead an extended hold-up looked likely amid reports that the Treasury needed time to consider costs - with the party said to want £1billion in tax breaks for Northern Ireland.

"The prime minister will have to do a lot more, however, to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog".

The 1998 peace accords in Northern Ireland set up a power-sharing agreement in the British province, but this collapsed in January when Irish republicans Sinn Fein pulled out, citing a breakdown in trust.

However, in January, Sinn Fein pulled out of the government over a corruption scandal involving DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is now negotiating with May.


"Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda but through the full implementation of the agreements and an Executive that respects the rights and delivers for all in society". But there is no possibility that she will pull out of the still, not over the line deal with the DUP, required by her to form a government.

The Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement, was a major political development in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s.

"The consensus expectation was for an nearly unanimous decision to keep rates unchanged, however in an unexpected development we got a significant split open up amongst policymakers about whether to hold or whether to hike rates".

Concerns also remain about the consequences of the mooted deal with the DUP that would see Arlene Foster's party back Mrs May's minority government.

On his talks in London with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, he said they had offered an "Irish solution to an English problem" as giving Northern Ireland special European Union status after Brexit to keep an open border on the island.

As I have said so often before we are fortunate to live in a handsome part of the world and its people have tremendous qualities which are brought to the fore by constructive leadership.

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