Northern Ireland's DUP says talks with Conservatives to continue in London

Northern Ireland's DUP says talks with Conservatives to continue in London

Northern Ireland's DUP says talks with Conservatives to continue in London

Meanwhile, Downing Street has announced that representatives from all five of Northern Ireland's main parties have been invited to meet the prime minister on Thursday.

Arlene Foster says she hopes to conclude the talks soon.

Earlier, Ms Foster said the talks were going well: "We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion".

On a visit to Paris on Tuesday evening where she met with French President Emmanuel Macron, May described the talks with the DUP as "productive".

At a press conference with May, Macron said the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the European Union as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished.

Yesterday, May had faced the tough 1922 Committee of her party's backbench MPs amid a brewing rebellion within the ranks after her gamble to call a snap general election backfired, leaving the Tories eight seats short of a majority.

Under the proposed deal, the DUP would likely support May's Conservatives on big issues such as the budget, Brexit and defence legislation on a vote-by-vote-basis.

However, putting the pro-British unionist DUP in a position of influence in London could also undermine the British government's ability, enshrined in a 1998 peace agreement, to function as an impartial broker between Northern Ireland's unionists and its Catholic Irish nationalists.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) raised concern about an alliance, saying: "This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and wary of what it may mean, and what promises will be given or promises extracted from Theresa May".

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Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said the prospect of a British agreement with the DUP was causing anxiety and fear.

According to the statement issued on Thursday, the European Union and the United Kingdom are set to begin negotiations on Article 50, which was triggered on March 29 and sets out the procedure for withdrawing from the 27-member bloc, reports Efe news.

"It's passing quicker than anyone believes..."

"But, let us be clear and organized and once the negotiations have started we should be well aware that it'll be more hard to move backwards", he noted.

"I can't negotiate with myself".

The newspaper said Britain wanted these rights to be available only to those European Union nationals who were living in the country before March 29 this year, when the government triggered the start of the two-year process of leaving the EU. The so-called "soft border" issue is also one of the top agenda items for Brussels in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

"The British government has said we will stay with the Brexit", Mr Schaeuble said. "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

The Prime Minister made no mention of the ongoing deliberations in the Commons, but Jeremy Corbyn did.

Top EU and British figures held "talks about talks" on Brexit Monday (12 June) but failed to nail down a date for the start of negotiations amid the fallout from Britain's chaotic election, officials said.

May faces a hard balancing act.

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