Tory-DUP deal announcement 'delayed' due to London blaze

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Speaking straight after a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, the Prime Minister praised the increased diversity in the chamber, noting the record number of LGB MPs as well as the record number of BME MPs, disabled MPs and female MPs.

"It's a unity of objective, having voted to leave the European Union, that their Government gets on with that and makes a success of it, and we are committed to developing a deep and special partnership with the European Union".

The London fire, which claimed at least 17 lives, forced the cancellation of the City of London's Mansion House dinner, where May's finance minister, Philip Hammond, had the chance to revive calls for a more business-friendly exit from the EU.

Seeking to avoid a second election that could deepen Britain's worst political turmoil since last June's shock vote to leave the EU, May edged closer to a deal to get support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

After Queen Elizabeth II finishes her speech, lawmakers must vote on whether to approve it in the House of Commons.

"I hope that together we will continue to build on the progress that we have made in previous Parliaments to fight against discrimination in all its forms, and make our politics more representative of the people we serve".

European Union leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking.

Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week's election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda - Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London. "I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she said. He also said Brexit talks could possibly be delayed. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

The prospect of a deal between the two parties has caused disquiet, with the DUP's anti-abortion and gay rights stance in the crosshairs.


"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

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

Sir John said he want May to "succeed and stay" as the PM and understands clearly why she is doing the deal with the DUP however, his "main concern" is the Northern Ireland peace process.

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement - also referred to as the Belfast Agreement - commits the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.

He said: "Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday and the other agreements is one which has to be opposed by progressives".

The stakes for May are high.

The DUP is expected to make a better economic deal for Northern Ireland the central factor for any deal, officially referred to as a "confidence and supply deal".

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