DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

Theresa May and DUP leader hold crucial talks on deal to back Tories

Major said taking the unionists party into a British coalition government could imperil the accords.

"I think it's very self-interested, putting party before peace in Northern Ireland - party interest before peace and stability in Northern Ireland - and I do think it's that serious".

Britain's prime minister has begun talks with a Northern Ireland-based party Tuesday to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.

Speaking earlier on Tuesday, DUP leader Arlene Foster told reporters that discussions centered on "bringing stability to the United Kingdom government in and around issues around Brexit, obviously around counter-terrorism, and then doing what's right for Northern Ireland in respect of economic matters. They can't have it both ways, it has to be dealt with sensibly", she said.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, echoing remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron, said the door to Europe remained open to Britain, and it was up to the British people whether they wanted to change their minds about leaving the EU.

May made clear the Brexit negotiations would begin next despite uncertainty.

She later joined MPs in the House of Commons, where opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrived to applause from his fellow lawmakers.


"The peace process is fragile", former prime minister John Major told the BBC today.

That agreement assigns the British government the role of broker between Irish republicans and unionists, a role that Mr Adams said would be compromised if the government was in some way indebted politically to the DUP.

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

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, comments placing her in the camp of those advocating a closer trade relationship with the European Union, or "soft" Brexit. The government should reserve all its energy for Brexit.

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.

"I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who will get us out of it", she said.

Britain and the European Union now have less than two years to conclude exit negotiations before the UK's departure date at the end of March 2019.

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