Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Talks on propping up UK PM May's Conservatives are 'very positive'

Protestors gather in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 12, 2017 to demand British Prime Minister Theresa May walk away from any alliance with the right-wing Democratic Unionist Party, or else step down.

Meanwhile, Downing Street said that talks between Theresa May and the DUP over a confidence and supply deal had been "constructive".

It was reported that diary commitments meant finalisation of any deal could be delayed until next week.

With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability.

The ongoing political turmoil has delayed next Monday's state opening of parliament.

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" India is in a great place and must be favoured to retain the ICC Champions Trophy but no-one should discount Pakistan ". By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a disgusting mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.

"Talks with the DUP have been progressing well, and there is broad agreement on the principles of the Queen's speech", the source said, referring to the government's legislative program. "It's all being done in the spirit of cooperation, with a real focus on strengthening the union and providing stability at this time".

She hosted DUP leader Arlene Foster at Downing Street to thrash out the terms of the Northern Ireland party's backing and agreement to vote with the Tories on policies in the House of Commons to get bills through.

Saying EU officials are prepared for all eventualities, including "no deal", the Brexit negotiator seemed to suggest the United Kingdom can not cherry-pick its way out of the bloc.

But the prospect of a deal has caused consternation in Dublin, with Ireland's outgoing premier Enda Kenny warning that such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace. Instead, she found the opposition Labour Party unexpectedly making a strong second-place showing and national politics thrown into disarray.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called on May to consider all parties when drawing up a deal for the UK's divorce from the EU. "It's passing quicker than anyone believes That's why we're ready to start very quickly".

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Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger. But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, says EU officials are growing "impatient" with the British government, as they wait for its negotiating position following last week's snap election.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has warned that no arrangement between the Conservatives and the DUP would be good for Northern Ireland but Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has said the negotiations are "entirely separate from our intent and desire to see devolution restored here".

Mrs May stressed Brexit would happen and the timetable remains on course.

"We want the European Union to continue to remain strong and we want to continue to cooperate".

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.

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Now, after 10 years the question is whether the Pakistan team will be able to beat India or not. Not many treat an India vs Pakistan match as a game, it's more like war where you can't lose.

Nevertheless, it illustrated the challenge May will face in the remaining days before the European Union divorce talks begin: finding a position that satisfies both pro-European and Eurosceptic factions of her party if she wants to remain in power. Once done, however, Brexit would be hard to reverse.

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