Opening of Parliament delayed amid deal talks

19 June, 2017, 15:58 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Speaking yesterday Mr Eastwood said: "We've had a positive meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street this afternoon".

It is expected they will also talk about Brexit negotiations which are due to start next Monday.

He added James Brokenshire was "as good a man as you could get" amid Mr Adams' claim this week that the Northern Ireland Secretary of State was not an acceptable chairman of talks aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont.

On Monday, Mr Coveney said: "As the representative of the Irish Government at the talks, I will do my utmost to support the parties in reaching an agreement which ensures that the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement is fully protected, that all of its institutions function effectively and fairly and that previous agreements are honourably implemented".

"The circumstances have changed dramatically with the election", he said. They also talked about the political discussions in London and Belfast, agreeing on the need to have the Northern Ireland Executive up and running as quickly as possible, and they discussed Brexit.

THE DUP are living in a "fool's paradise" if they believe there can be a return to the power-sharing institutions without committing to a rights-based approach to government, Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney told the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown on Sunday.

Hobbled by a lack of majority after the June 8 election, Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to strike a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to shore up her minority government have been hit by a backlash from key parties in Northern Ireland.

The former GP is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India.

The ultra conservative party has repeatedly blocked gay marriage for Northern Ireland.

More recently he has overseen Ireland's welfare system.

Leadsom confirmed the delay of the Queen's speech, will launches the next session of parliament.

The EU has said it wants the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom to be the "first priority" of Brexit negotiations.

Senior representatives from Northern Ireland's main political parties met May in London earlier.

It is not yet clear whether European Union withdrawal talks, which had been due to start on Monday, will also now go ahead on Wednesday, although Brexit Secretary David Davis has said they will start "next week".

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.

Ms Foster dismissed suggestions her deal with the Tories threatened the peace process.

Through the 1970s-1990s, the DUP opposed successive accords that proposed Dublin's involvement in power-sharing arrangements, including the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of conflict and has maintained peace across Ireland.


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