'Anxiety and fear' over Tory-DUP deal: Sinn Fein


May's Conservative Party, which failed to win a majority in last week's British general election, has been talking to Northern Ireland's largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure the support of their 10 members of parliament in Westminster. Talks were, however, not in trouble, sources added.

The Prime Minister will be desperate to get agreement from the DUP to back her legislative programme in the House of Commons or risk her government falling.

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal.

He said: "I wanted to revive the role as it gives the party another powerful voice and has helped give prominence to many of our notable MPs, including Ming Campbell, Simon Hughes and Vince Cable".

Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU. Does the British government still want to leave the customs union and the single market? When asked about the Daily Telegraph article, Michael Gove, a minister who campaigned for Brexit, told ITV: "This is news to me". "We really need to do everything we conceivably can to make sure that doesn't happen".

May said on Tuesday that talks with the DUP had been productive - a view shared by DUP leader Arlene Foster - and that Brexit negotiations would begin as planned next week. "But like in Alice in Wonderland, not all the doors are the same", he added.

"Yesterday Emmanuel Macron ... said if Britain is changing its mind, it will find an open door", said Mr Verhofstadt.

May has not yet responded to a proposal from some Conservatives for business groups and lawmakers from all parties to agree a national position on Brexit. "But we are going into these talks with the national interest at heart", Foster had said ahead of the meeting.

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Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them.

Former PM John Major has also delivered a stark warning that aTory arrangement with the DUP to stay in power could undermine the Peace Process.

The performance of the British economy could also influence perceptions: Data on Wednesday showed average weekly pay in the three months to April was down 0.4 percent, year-on-year, in inflation-adjusted terms - the biggest fall since the three months to September 2014.

The DUP leader said: "There's been a lot of commentary around the issues that we are talking about and it won't surprise anyone that we are talking about matters that pertain, of course, to the nation generally".

A DUP source was reported to have said the two sides were finalising the agreement that would enable Theresa May to form a government with the support of 10 DUP MPs.

Any extra money for Northern Ireland under a Conservative-DUP deal at Westminster should also lead to more cash for Wales, say Welsh ministers.

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.