'Anxiety and fear' over Tory-DUP deal: Sinn Fein

Commenting on the proposed DUP-Conservative deal, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said her party's priority was "defending the Good Friday Agreement, protecting our public services and establishing an executive based on equality and respect". In Clegg's words, this has been a "topsy turvy" election: Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the man who "could not win", has pulled off a kind of victory while still failing to become the largest party.

He joked that he welcomed the prospect of a Queen's Speech once this "coalition of chaos has been negotiated", but said if this did not happen, he was "ready to offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest".

She will host Foster to thrash out the terms of the party's backing and agreement to vote with the Tories on policies in the House of Commons to get bills through.

She told a meeting of backbenchers that she had got the party into "this mess" by calling the snap election and now "I'll get us out of it".

Lord Trimble, who was First Minister from June 1998 until October 2002, said the party was "putting themselves in a position where they may have to take responsibility for unpopular actions".

"Now a third of our parliamentary party is female and we have our most diverse group of MPs ever, I feel our MPs form a more representative group to elect a deputy leader".

An organiser for the Women's March said the event was "for self-defining women, kids, non-binary people and all who love and support us". The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

Pressed on the reports, Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny it.

A poll released last summer has shown 70% of people in Northern Ireland support same-sex marriage.


Tuesday's discussions are likely to focus on the government's legislative plans for the year ahead as well as the upcoming Brexit negotiations, due to begin next week, and their particular implications for Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland and trade.

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein is still committed to powersharing at Stormont as it provides a strategic route to a united Ireland, party president Gerry Adams has said.

The stakes for May are high. With their support, May can make up for her own party's shortfall by striking a so-called "confidence and supply" deal.

As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany wanted a Brexit deal that would limit negative consequences for the bloc but also did not want it to weaken Britain.

"My preoccupation is that time is passing, it is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex", he added.

Mr Barnier lamented that it was already three months since Mrs May had formally triggered the two-year process of Britain leaving the European Union.

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