British PM May to meet Sinn Fein, other Northern Ireland parties

British PM May to meet Sinn Fein, other Northern Ireland parties

British PM May to meet Sinn Fein, other Northern Ireland parties

They are adamant the UK Government can no longer cast itself as a neutral facilitator in the process, given Theresa May's intent to form a minority government with the help of a confidence-and-supply deal with the unionist party.

It comes after Mrs May told Tory MPs: "I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who will get us out of it".

And some fear the viability of Northern Ireland's fragile peace - which has held since 1998 after decades of inter-community violence known as The Troubles - could rest on the arrangement, with doubts around the United Kingdom government's neutrality.

The PM told the backbench 1922 Committee on Monday a deal with the DUP would not affect power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland or LGBT rights.

Former Tory Prime Minister John Major has spoken out against Theresa May's intent to prop up a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The DUP was perhaps the most ardent party in supporting Brexit, but it is likely to demand concessions from Mrs May, such as receiving Westminster's coffers to replace lost European Union funds.

The DUP's consent to the announcement of a date for a delayed Queen's Speech is a sign that they have agreed the first part of this deal.

The DUP leader declined to give details of what she termed a "positive engagement with the Conservative Party".

He said he is "wary" about the "fragile" deal between the prime minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster as it might undermine Northern Ireland's peace process, which he claims may "unwind". Journalist Owen Jones, who is leading a demonstration in London against the prospect of the DUP in Government, has called it "a menace to LGBT rights and women's rights".

The DUP said it was discussing issues to do with Brexit and economic matters in its talks with the Conservatives.

Jeremy Corbyn was applauded by Labour MPs as he returned to the House of Commons following his party's surprise election gains.

He said: "I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated".

Former British prime ministers John Major (L) and Tony Blair share a platform for the Remain campaign event at the University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland June 9, 2016.

Some of the other NI parties have said salvaging devolution at Stormont will become more hard if such a deal comes into effect.

A Downing Street source said the talks had been "constructive" but refused to put a timescale on when they would conclude.

"There's no doubt that there is a new player on the stage", Mr Cameron said.

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