UK PM nears deal with Irish DUP party

Senior officials last night confirmed that preparations are in place for a visit, though Ms Foster remains in London at the moment for talks with the British prime minister Theresa May about an agreement to support a new Conservative government at Westminster.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”.Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who wields considerable influence after the Scottish Tories won 13 seats, said: “I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for”.But speaking in Dublin after a meeting with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was down to Sinn Fein whether an agreement is reached.In a meeting with the Northern Irish party’s leader, Arlene Foster, May will thrash out the terms of a deal that will allow her to get legislation through Parliament.May has said that the party, with its 10 crucial MPs to make up a majority in the House of Commons for the Conservatives, will have no veto on key policies.Talks to restore confidence took a back seat in recent days as the political focus largely shifted to London and the DUP’s deal to prop up the Conservatives at Westminster.May, who ahead of the June referendum supported remaining in the European Union, has promised to start the formal Brexit talks next week but opponents of a sharp break with the European Union took her woes as a chance to push back against her strategy.”And then doing what’s right for Northern Ireland in respect of economic matters”. She waved but did not say anything as she went into 10 Downing St.Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.Theresa May insisted the Government was “absolutely steadfast” in its commitment to the Northern Irish peace process as she faced questions on whether a DUP-Tory alliance would put fragile agreements at risk.Foster’s rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams, have objected. Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.”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”, Ms O’Neill said in a statement.Macron said during a press conference with May in Paris on Tuesday that “of course the door is always open as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished”.He also pointed out that three months after Article 50 had been triggered, formal discussions had yet to start.The EU will keep the door open for Britain to return, but only on worse terms than it now has, European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday.”My preoccupation is that time is passing – it’s passing quicker than anyone believes…”