Cabinet briefed on plans for Government deal with DUP

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet Theresa May

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet Theresa May

The deal May has brokered with the DUP leader Arlene Foster involves giving an economic boost to Northern Ireland, but agreeing to disagree on some social policy issues, including LGBT rights and same sex marriage.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party resumed talks on a deal to prop up her minority government yesterday as she faced a battle over her Brexit strategy just days before European Union divorce talks are due to begin.

Sir John who was instrumental to end the IRA conflict in Northern Ireland spoke to BBC Radio 4's World at one programme and warned that about "hard men, lurking in the corners of the communities" saying that "that they wish to return to some sort of violence".

"The Prime Minister and I will meet the five main Northern Ireland political parties in Downing Street tomorrow to build on the political discussions that restarted on Monday in Belfast", he said.

"She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

May took up her familiar refrain, arguing the deal is vital to "give the stability to the UK Government that I think is necessary at this time".

Before travelling to the French capital, Mrs May had been leading the talks with the DUP.

It comes after the Prime Minister met with the DUP chief Arlene Foster in Downing Street to discuss a "supply and confidence" arrangement between the two parties following the general election last week.

"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", she said.

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She reportedly apologised to Tory MPs, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from David Cameron when she became leader after the Brexit referendum previous year.

But if Mrs May was flustered by continued media coverage of the party's anti-LGBT stances, she didn't show it while appearing in the House of Commons today for the election of the Speaker.

He said: "We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)".

Labour's unexpectedly strong second-place showing has thrown national politics into disarray.

A deal between the government and the Democratic Unionist party will not be announced on Wednesday because of the calamitous fire that engulfed a tower block in west London.

The source said the talks to leave the European Union would not be delayed, removing the question mark over the negotiations being derailed by May's lack of a parliamentary majority lost in an election she did not need to call.

"It's going to be hard".

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Mr Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration.

He also suggested that the Scottish Tories led by Ruth Davidson could also add to the pressure on Mrs May to change course.

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