DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

Damian Green

According to BBC, a deal between both parties was supposed to be announced on Wednesday thereby helping May form government in the United Kingdom after her party emerged as the largest party in the recently concluded elections but failed to win a majority.

Meanwhile, parliamentary business kicks off today as the House of Commons is set to choose a new speaker and the House of Lords will begin to be sworn in. The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions.

"I got us into this mess and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster.

Her social care plans, including the highly criticized "dementia tax", are also bound to be excluded from the Queen's Speech, which was due to take place next Monday but has now been delayed ahead of a deal.

She reiterated that any deal between her party with the Conservatives was not bad news for devolution in Northern Ireland.

Leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Arlene Foster and Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds arrive at 10 Downing Street in London, for a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Tuesday June 13, 2017.

While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-called hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimize the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.

Movement on security and legacy issues from the Troubles may prove more hard for Mrs Foster to extract from the Government.

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May, who ahead of the June referendum supported remaining in the European Union, has promised to start the 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.

Pressed on the reports, Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny it. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, reported that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with opposition Labour lawmakers to come up with a "softer", less hard-line divorce from the EU.

"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France.is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

"She was generous in acknowledging how sad we naturally felt that some of our colleagues had lost their seats and that was as a result of this election campaign being called at the time it was called".

Mr Gove, who past year brought Boris Johnson's leadership bid to an end, said it was "wonderful to be sitting alongside" the Foreign Secretary in Cabinet.

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

Sources also told the BBC that both parties were close to reaching an agreement so that May could form the government but the fire at Grenfell Towers in London made an announcement on the deal on Wednesday "inappropriate".

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