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Criticism Builds as Theresa May Prepares to Form New Government

Reports suggested that the Queen’s speech and the Brexit negotiations could be delayed as a result. “But we are going into these talks with the national interest at heart”, Foster said ahead of the meeting.After chairing a Cabinet meeting followed by her meeting with the DUP leader at Downing Street, May is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. 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.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned Mrs May’s election slogans against her, claiming a link-up between the Tories and DUP would be a “coalition of chaos”.Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with a Northern Ireland-based party to see if they can together push through the Conservative Party’s agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.Negotiations between the Conservatives and the DUP are understood to be focused on measures to boost the economy in Northern Ireland, as well as proposals to drop some unpopular Conservative manifesto proposals. “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”, former Conservative prime minister John Major told BBC radio.Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, comments placing her in the camp of those advocating a closer trade relationship with the European Union, or “soft” Brexit.Sinn Fein’s Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) raised concern about an alliance, saying: “This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and wary of what it may mean, and what promises will be given or promises extracted from Theresa May“.”So there is a lot of anxiety and a lot of fear out of what is being discussed”.”The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone”, he said.Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Phillip arrive at church in Sonning, Britain.’I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit, ‘ added Cameron who quit past year after Britons voted to leave the European Union, against his advice, in a referendum that he had called.”Talks with the DUP have been progressing well and there is broad agreement on the principles of the Queen’s Speech”, said the source.The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration.Amid calls from some MPs for the Conservatives to rethink their Brexit strategy, he said there was a “clear consensus” for leaving the single market and ending free movement while retaining the “maximum access” to European Union markets and maintaining co-operation in key areas such as science.