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Surprising Glimpses from the British Elections

Such criticism would have been unthinkable before the June 8 election, in which the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn capitalized on its opposition to austerity cuts, leaving May scrambling to shore up a minority government.Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week’s election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda – Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London.The devolved government of Northern Ireland is at a standstill at the moment and the threat of direct rule from Westminster via the DUP’s new political allies won’t do anything to help resolve soon-to-be-exacerbated political tensions in Northern Ireland.But Ms Clancy pointed out that the reasons Sinn Fein withdrew from talks have yet to be addressed. “And that worries me a great deal about the peace process”.”I think it is all very doable”.Adams said that Sinn Féin would oppose any such deal between the two parties.He confirmed they had also discussed the possibility of a referendum on Irish unity.Following a botched gamble on a snap election, May’s Conservative Party resumed talks on Wednesday with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on securing the support of its 10 members of parliament to pass legislation.”The risk is that Northern Ireland continues to fail to find solutions, and potentially the peace process unwinds”, he told AFP.”There is an irony to being lectured by some about our role in the national government of the United Kingdom when Sinn Fein want to be in government here in the Republic of Ireland”, she said. “What would happen then?”Almost a fifth of the UK’s food and drink exports go to the Republic of Ireland and in March industry bodies from across the British food and drink sector wrote an open letter to various government departments calling for “frictionless” tariff-free trade with Ireland to continue post-Brexit.Arlene Foster and Theresa May have worked together behind the scenes on things they agree on in the past and in some ways some areas of the Conservative party mirror aspects of the DUP.Under the Good Friday Agreement, unionist and republican parties are supposed to form a power-sharing administration that governs Northern Ireland.Mr Coveney, who lost out to Leo Varadkar in the race to succeed Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, has replaced Charlie Flanagan at the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.Grainne Teggart, Campaign Manager for Amnesty International said: “Today’s results confirm what we have long known: that an overwhelming majority favour reform of our inhumane abortion laws”.