Sinn Fein says will oppose any deal that undermines peace deal

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2017

May is looking for support from the DUP after failing to win a majority for her Conservative Party in last week's elections.

"However, while talks are ongoing it is important that the Government gets on with its business and we are confident there will be sufficient support across the House for passing a Queen's Speech".

"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", she said.

Mrs May's flagship proposals for new grammar schools in England are among the plans understood to have been jettisoned.


British Prime Minister Theresa May urged Northern Ireland's political parties on Thursday to reach an agreement to restore government for the province by June 29, or London would need to consider alternative steps.

Lord Hain, who was Secretary of State from 2005 to 2007, warned that the situation was "very damaging" at a time when sensitive talks were under way over the restoration of power-sharing at Stormont.

"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".

"I say that not just because of some of the views of the DUP that, perhaps not all of us, but many of us feel deeply uncomfortable about, but I also say that because of a real concern about the disregard that is being shown for the Northern Irish peace process".


"Ultimately, I think the parties understand people voted in the March Assembly elections for a strong voice at Stormont". It corrodes confidence in the negotiating process.

The Prime Minister has held separate meetings representatives of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and the Alliance Party, as well as the DUP's deputy leader Nigel Dodds.

"If there are difficulties with the Northern Ireland executive or with any one of a number of things that might well arise during the Brexit negotiations, it's very important that there's an honest broker - and the only honest broker can be the United Kingdom government", Major said.

During the appearance, Ms O'Neill said: 'We made very clear to the prime minister that any deal between herself and the DUP can not undermine the Good Friday agreement.


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