DUP hoping to conclude deal with May as soon as possible

Ivan Schwartz
June 19, 2017

While May's first non-European overseas visit as prime minister was to India, there will be limited bandwidth in this new government for focusing on post-Brexit relationships such as that with India.

Of course ongoing security cooperation between the United Kingdom and European Union is in everyone's interest. "Everything is all over the place", said a senior executive responsible for Brexit preparations at a FTSE 100 company.

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The Conservative Party faced controversies over its manifesto (a decision not to cap social care bills for the elderly was labelled a "dementia tax" that would penalise those with more complex medical conditions), May appeared aloof and arrogant, declining to appear in televised leaders' debates and refused to engage on her intended strategy in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

I dealt with them for two years getting the Northern Ireland Assembly back. However the DUP backed the leave option.

But Ms Clancy pointed out that the reasons Sinn Fein withdrew from talks have yet to be addressed.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has expressed his concern at the influence of the DUP on the British Government following a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street yesterday afternoon.

Northern Ireland's frontier with the Republic will be the UK's only land border with the European Union once the Brexit deal is completed.

The 1998 peace accords in Northern Ireland set up a power-sharing agreement in the British province, but this collapsed in January when Irish republicans Sinn Fein pulled out, citing a breakdown in trust.

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With May still hammering out the details of a post-election deal to stay in power with the support of a small Northern Irish party, there are fears of a disorderly exit that would weaken the West, imperil Britain's $2.5 trillion economy and undermine London's position as the only financial centre to rival NY.

The DUP is believed to want a comprehensive free trade and customs agreement with the European Union and arrangements to facilitate ease of movement of people, goods and services.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said previous year that advocates of same-sex marriage were likely to send her "in the opposite direction", while Ian Paisley Jr, the son of DUP founder Ian Paisley, has called homosexuality "immoral, offensive and obnoxious". Then women would no longer have to travel to England for an abortion and they and their medical carers would no longer be treated as criminals.

But speaking in Dublin after a meeting with the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was down to Sinn Fein whether an agreement is reached.

"Any deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement will be opposed by Sinn Féin and we would hope the Irish Government". The party will also have to decide whether it wants to keep May at the helm of the party, although I'm not sure whether another leadership contest at this point in time is a good idea.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said there is no deadline for a deal between his party and the Tories, who are trying to establish a Westminster government without a majority.

"The risk is that Northern Ireland continues to fail to find solutions, and potentially the peace process unwinds", Usherwood said.

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