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

May does not necessarily need a firm deal from the DUP before opening parliament and might hope that she would receive the necessary backing anyway.

Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion.

Without a so-called confidence and supply deal with the DUP, her party risks losing the vote next week on the Queen's Speech.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after Thursday's vote produced no clear victor. But an alliance between May and a pro-Union party like the DUP could undermine the confidence of Northern Ireland's Catholics in the process and revive tensions in an area bordering the EU.

"The UK Government is offering whatever support we can, working alongside the Irish government, as appropriate, honouring our respective commitments in the Belfast Agreement to serve the interests of the whole community in Northern Ireland", he said.

With her authority diminished, May won some time when she performed well on Monday in front of Conservative lawmakers who said they would help her remain in power, at least for now.

May held talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Tuesday in a bid to avoid another election.

The Commission has stated that one of its priorities in Brexit talks was the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to violence and terrorism in Northern Ireland in the late 1990s.

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But the prospect of a deal has prompted warnings that it could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

"In reality, the government is here simply because the DUP allow it to be so", Long said, according to the BBC.

While the DUP are deeply euroskeptic, they have balked 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 minimize the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister will meet separately with representatives of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and the Alliance Party - as well as the DUP - in Downing Street in an attempt to allay growing concerns.

He doesn't know when the talks will start because even now, a year after Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't know what her negotiating position is.

"Ruth Davidson has been very clear on that, she actually went out to Northern Ireland and set that out, so they can't be in any doubt where they stand on these issues". If that happens, Corbyn will demand a chance to try to form a government by uniting progressive factors in the House of Commons.

At a press conference with May, Macron said the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the European Union as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished.

He also pointed out that three months after Article 50 had been triggered, formal discussions had yet to start. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told the Financial Times newspaper.

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