May to meet NI parties amid concerns over deal with DUP

May to meet NI parties amid concerns over deal with DUP

Theresa May is set for talks with the leaders of Northern Ireland’s political parties to discuss their concerns over a Tory-DUP deal.

Sinn Fein, SDLP and the cross-community Alliance have all also already made clear that Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire can not chair the ongoing process to restore power-sharing at Stormont due to a perceived conflict of interest caused by the deal.

May will meet Dodds at Downing Street for one of a series of meetings.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to hold talks with Northern Ireland’s five main parties in London later today, 15 June.

The Sinn Féin president visited London with senior party colleagues including Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill.

“The Queen’s Speech is not the be all and end all in relation to the negotiations that we have been having with the Conservative Party but I do hope that in the national interest we are able to conclude these talks as quickly as possible” Foster told BBC in an interview.

“It’s imperative that both governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive”.

It follows warnings – including from former prime minister John Major – that the British Government will compromise its stated impartiality in the province if it enters a confidence and supply deal with the DUP at Westminster.

The Stormont Assembly was suspended in March after the DUP lost their majority when Sinn Féin made considerable gains in the Assembly elections.

It is thought that an announcement on an agreement will be delayed as a result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy – and may not come until next week.

“As you know the Queen’s Speech has been now set for next Wednesday”.