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Hampshire Pride chief slams Theresa May over DUP talks

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. Ms Foster said she hoped a deal could be done “sooner rather than later”.”The UK Government is offering whatever support we can, working alongside the Irish government, as appropriate, honouring our respective commitments in the Belfast Agreement to serve the interests of the whole community in Northern Ireland”, he said.Thus we must begin this negotiation.Many people in Northern Ireland – where the DUP is blocking a change in the law – might respectfully disagree.Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has close ties to Sinn Fein and the Sinn Fein MPs are understood to be hoping that in return for their support, Mr. Corbyn would back a call for a referendum on Northern Ireland leaving the United Kingdom and joining Ireland.Meanwhile, talks are continuing between the DUP and Conservatives, to secure the support of the DUP’s 10 MPs in steering government business, including crucial measures on Brexit, through the Commons.The deal would entail the DUP backing the government on no confidence votes and policy investment, meaning the agreement between the two parties does not amount to a formal coalition.Talks with the DUP broke up last night without an agreement, but Mrs May said the discussions had been “productive”.Earlier on Thursday, it was announced the uncertainty in Westminster had pushed back the Queen’s Speech – when the monarch announces the Government’s programme for the parliamentary session – from Monday to Wednesday next week.”I got us into this mess, and I m going to get us out of it”, May told her party MPs.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.Ms May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, and many of her politicians and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.The proposed deal would see the DUP back the Conservatives in votes on the Budget and confidence motions. Some involved in the Irish peace process are alarmed because the 1998 Good Friday peace accords call for the British government to be neutral in the politics of Northern Ireland.Mr Barnier has said he wants to wrap up a Brexit deal by October 2018 so it has time to get it through national parliaments and the European Parliament in time for Britain’s departure from the bloc at the end of March 2019.”I can’t negotiate by myself”, he added.”The Tory civil war on the European Union which has ripped it apart since the Maastricht rebellions of the early 1990s, and which the referendum was supposed to solve, is now raging again”, said Chris Grey, an academic who specializes in Brexit at Royal Holloway in London.