Brexit could be a matter of life or death for Northern Ireland

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster with Theresa May in 2016 Can the DUP and the Conservatives form a Government?

"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", she said in a statement.

"That is why Sinn Fein stood the DUP leader down from her position last January", he said.

He spoke out after holding face-to-face talks with Theresa May in Downing Street aimed at kick-starting the stalled Northern Ireland peace process.

Unionists are typically Protestants who want to keep Northern Ireland as a part of the UK, while republicans are mostly Catholic and favor a united Ireland.

Declan Kearney, the party's chairman, said a DUP focus on Ms Foster's future role at Stormont "is completely misdirected and premature".

At the same time, Mrs May has been trying to thrash out a deal which would see the DUP prop up a minority Tory government in the Commons.

The institutions in Northern Ireland were on the verge of collapse in September 2015 and actually did collapse earlier this year. "And the danger is that however much any government tries, they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a parliamentary deal at Westminster with one of the Northern Ireland parties".

President Gerry Adams met with Mrs May in London on Thursday, 15 June, and he told her she was playing "fast and loose" with the Good Friday Agreement.

"We've also raised concerns around any side deal or understanding with the DUP that could undermine the agreements and make the job of re-establishing the institutions even more hard".

"And we itemised those matters in which she was dilatory or in default in relation to that agreement", he added.

Simon Coveney has said that the Irish government will "spare no effort" in the process to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Both the government and the DUP have refused to implement key agreements on language and equality rights and dealing with the legacy of the past. "We will continue with those negotiations throughout the weekend and into next week", Foster said. As a result, three-and-a-half months after the polls in Northern Ireland, the region remains without a functioning assembly or an executive.

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