Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

In UK, May faces growing tension over Northern Ireland's fate

In UK, May faces growing tension over Northern Ireland's fate

A deal between British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland could be delayed until next week after a massive fire engulfed the Grenfell Towers in London early on Wednesday killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, DUP sources said.

Mrs Foster, who last night remained in London, said she believed there would be a "successful conclusion" to discussions with a deal reached "sooner rather than later".

Mrs May's authority has been severely diminished after a disastrous general election which saw her lose her Commons majority and a deal with the DUP looks vital for the continuation of Tory rule.

But Mrs Foster insisted she could see no reason why the talks on a deal with the Tories would put the restoration of a Stormont Executive in greater jeopardy.

May, who ahead of the June referendum supported remaining in the European Union, has promised to start the Brexit talks next week but opponents of a sharp break with the European Union took her woes as a chance to push back against her strategy.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, comments placing her in the camp of those advocating a closer trade relationship with the European Union, or "soft" Brexit.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged her fault for the Conservative Party's dismal performance in the June 8 general election, apologizing to the MPs for the "mess" she created.

May on Monday met with Tory backbenchers to discuss her leadership in light of her botched election campaign, which left her party with fewer seats than it had before.

"The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking".

Describing any potential partnership as "a coalition of chaos", SF's Gerry Adams said: 'Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday Agreement is one which has to be opposed'.

'I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit, ' added Cameron who quit previous year after Britons voted to leave the European Union, against his advice, in a referendum that he had called.

"Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech", said May's deputy Damian Green, referring to a an agreement with the DUP. Instead, she found the opposition Labour Party unexpectedly making a strong second-place showing and national politics thrown into disarray.

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Davidson doesn't have a seat in the House of Commons but as leader of the Scottish Conservatives, she could be a key player in the internal wrangling over how May can piece together a productive government.

She said: "As we welcome new members on all sides, we should celebrate the fact that we have a record number of MPs from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, including a female Sikh MP, we also have more disabled MPs and more LGBT MPs".

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after last Thursday's vote produced no clear victor.

Mrs May's rivals have also warned the government's claimed impartiality as a mediator in the Northern Ireland political dispute would be fatally undermined by the DUP pact.

Diminished, contrite and defiant, Theresa May arrived at a hot, stuffy Westminster committee room Monday night to face one of her toughest audiences - her own MPs.

Yesterday, Mrs May finalised her cabinet with the appointment of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary. Most of these issues are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly, " he said. May will then travel to Paris for a working dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron before the two leaders attend a friendly football match between England and France at the national stadium in Paris.

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