Former UK PM Major “wary” about planned deal with N.Irish party

Mrs Foster arrived with colleague Nigel Dodds and waved to reporters in Downing Street but refused to be drawn on whether she would agree to a deal on Tuesday.”I say that not just because of some of the views of the DUP that, perhaps not all of us, but many of us feel deeply uncomfortable about, but I also say that because of a real concern about the disregard that is being shown for the Northern Irish peace process”.May is negotiating with the DUP, in an effort to ensure the Northern Ireland party backs her Conservatives in the House of Commons, where she does not have a majority, having failed to win an overall majority following the snap election she called, June 8.It means that Mrs May will remain as prime minister and the DUP MPs will be central to the survival of a Conservative Party administration.SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said that a deal between the government and the DUP can not be one that gives the DUP power over the Conservative Party.”I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements”, she said.Sinn Fein won seven seats in the British parliament at last week’s election, compared to the DUP’s 10, but has said it will maintain its boycott and not take up the seats.What’s in the deal?”People knew that we were abstentionist MPs, they have elected us to represent them but not to take our seats”.They’ve been of the view that leaving the European Union should lessen some of the stipulations in relation to state aid that were being applied by the Treasury to Northern Ireland, and that might take down the bill that the Treasury would put on the executive if corporation tax was lowered.After the meeting, Ms Foster said the discussions were “going well” and she hoped an arrangement for her 10 MPs to shore up the Tory majority would be reached “sooner rather than later”.Foster said one of her main aims at Tuesday’s talks with May was to get “a good deal on Brexit” for Northern Ireland.Trimble, who spent close to a decade negotiating with Sinn Féin both inside and outside devolved government, said he suspected the republican party would prefer to be outside a new power-sharing coalition with the DUP because of Brexit.There would be very serious consequences if there was any suggestion of a back-room deal with the DUP, said SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.”But also because we think strategically that is the way to a united Ireland”. “Any deal struck must not hinder cross-community confidence in our politics”.The Sinn Fein leader added that he and his colleagues handed over the late Martin McGuinness’s resignation letter, written when he stood down as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister in January.A DUP source told the Guardian the deal was 95 percent agreed but that the Grenfell Tower fire in London would likely delay any formal announcement of the pact.