Talks between Theresa May and DUP 'going well'

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday unveiled her full cabinet, making few changes as the premier clings to power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election.

May apologised to Conservative MPs on Monday, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from her predecessor David Cameron when she came to power previous year following the UK's vote to exit the European Union (EU).

In a meeting lasting around 90 minutes, the Prime Minister updated her top team on the on-going discussions with the Unionists to secure an agreement propping up the Tory minority government.

Prime Minister Theresa May sought to strike a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her premiership on Tuesday as she came under intense pressure to soften her approach to Brexit days before formal European Union divorce talks.

Despite her own party leanings, Morgan did lob an assessment that gained universal approval Monday evening: "Politics in this country", she said, "seem to get more and more interesting".

Grainne Teggart, campaigns manager for Amnesty International, said: "The UK Government has a responsibility to deliver abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland".

While the DUP is deeply euroskeptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-call hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimize the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

The Labour leader, who appeared chipper after last Thursday's general election, fired a number of barbs at the Prime Minister - most notably welcoming the possibility of a new "Coalition of Chaos" between the Tories and the DUP.

But Ruth Davidson, the pro-EU leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, called on May to "reopen" the government's Brexit plans.

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Major said he feared the pact could undermine the fragile Northern Ireland peace process, which he was instrumental in brokering in its early days.

Brexit minister David Davis took a harder tone, however, when he took to the airwaves on Monday.

Brexit will likely be on the agenda at the Paris meeting, after May confirmed she will stick to the negotiating timetable.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is pushing for this outcome, and has repeatedly said he was ready to try to form a government.

Despite the uncertainty over her ability to govern, May had confirmed that Brexit negotiations - expected to be the most complex global talks Britain has held for decades - would begin as planned next week.

"The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking", he wrote in The Sun tabloid.

His comments echo those of EU President Donald Tusk who said on Friday that there was "no time to lose" to avoid Britain crashing out without a deal on future relations.

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