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DUP deal still possible, says senior Tory

“The Stormont talks are taking place against the backdrop of the DUP-Tory Party negotiations and the Brexit talks, both of which have the potential to negatively impact on the process”.Theresa May’s “deputy” threw her hopes of a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party into fresh doubt when he described it as merely a “possibility”.May has promised to work with “humility and resolve” as she prepares to set out her legislative programme for the next two years in a Queen’s Speech expected to be dominated by Brexit.The source added the Northern Irish party “can’t be taken for granted”.There are no fixed rules on what happens if an amendment is passed to the Queen’s Speech but the government would normally be expected to resign.The Conservative Party gathered 318 mandates during the June 8 general elections in the United Kingdom.But the source said agreement before Wednesday’s State Opening of Parliament could not entirely be ruled out if there was movement in the talks between the parties.The DUP is also looking for a more generous deal from the Treasury over the planned devolution of corporation tax powers, as well as cuts in air passenger duty.It said ministers would “bring forward measures to help tackle unfair practices in the energy market”, but made no mention of the energy cap promised during the campaign.”The reality is the British government are going through the motions here while their game is their own preservation of their own interests in London”, he said.If the so-called “confidence and supply” agreement is challenged in the courts, judges would have to decide whether such a government would be unable to exercise “rigorous impartiality”.”On reaching such an agreement, we will make sure that the details of that are made public so that people can see exactly what that is based on”, Theresa May was quoted as saying by The Independent. Mr McDonnell, who urged so-called Day of Rage protesters to remain peaceful, said: “We are now in a situation where I don’t think they have got the right to govern”.Fine Gael does not hold an overall majority in the Dail Eireann, so Varadkar had to form a minority government with independent TDs (members of parliament).The parties, for example, have similar concerns about combating terrorism, and about “the Irish border issue”.The intervention comes after Brexit secretary David Davis was seen to have been dealt a blow in the opening day of withdrawal negotiations with the European Union, after it was agreed trade deal talks would not begin until October at the earliest.