UK’s May confident on power-saving deal

The leader of Northern Ireland’s DUP has said that it is “complete and utter nonsense” to describe her party as homophobic.The so-called “confidence and supply” government being discussed by the Conservatives and the DUP has sparked widespread criticism due to several controversial views held by the latter on homosexuality and climate change.But some opposition politicians say that May can no longer stick to her stance for a clean break with the European Union, characterising her election bid as a poor gamble that has left Britain a laughing stock.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.DUP’s leader Arlene Foster, with MPs Nigel Dodds and Jeffrey Donaldson, has been locked in talks in Westminster for two days with senior Tories including the chief whip, Gavin Williamson.With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability. The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions.”It’s going to be hard”. “We know each other and we understand each other”, she said.Former Prime Minister David Cameron said May needed to listen to rival political parties, and that there would be pressure for a softer Brexit.”We as Government remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement and the subsequent agreements, ” she told reporters during an official visit to France on Tuesday evening. A majority in Northern Ireland wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, though the DUP backed a divorce from the bloc.That would help safeguard jobs and trade with European Union members, but would severely restrict the UK’s ability to strike its own trade deals around the world.Discussions in Westminster are continuing without Theresa May after she left for Paris for a pre-arranged meeting with newly elected president Emmanuel Macron. “It’s passing quicker than anyone believes That’s why we’re ready to start very quickly”.Mrs May stressed Brexit would happen and the timetable remains on course.”I hope that we can reach a conclusion sooner than later”, Foster said.She said: “I think there is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom”. Meanwhile, abortion remains illegal except in specific medical cases and the DUP wants to keep it that way.