Varadkar 'reassured' after meeting May

Ruben Ruiz
June 21, 2017

Last week, former Conservative Prime Minister John Major warned that a pact involving the Tories and the DUP could lead to violence returning to streets of Northern Ireland.

"The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent", she is expected to say today.

It was confirmed yesterday that plans to introduce means-testing for free school meals in England and Wales will be abandoned, with other unpopular proposals in the Conservative election manifesto set to be ditched.

The intervention comes after Brexit Secretary David Davis was seen to have been dealt a blow in the opening day of withdrawal negotiations with the European Union, after it was agreed trade deal talks would not begin until October at the earliest.

Despite opening his post-meeting remarks with a weird reference to the rom-com, Mr Varadkar soon had to address more serious matters - the various tragedies that have struck Britain in recent weeks.

"They are also entitled to see their rights respected and protected".

Sky quoted the sources as saying the DUP is urging May's government to give "greater focus" to the negotiations and that the DUP "can't be taken for granted".

One is reported to have complained that the group had "been surprised at the [low] level of negotiating experience" in Downing Street.

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She said: "We continue our discussions with the DUP".

A day before setting out her legislative measures in the Queen's Speech, Theresa May has yet to secure a deal with the DUP to allow her Government programme to survive a Commons vote.

"It is very relevant whatever is going on there, though I understand the DUP seem to think it is something entirely different", he said.

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".

"What we've got to do is to go into the Brexit talks, deliver the right outcome".

The negotiations come against the backdrop of an increasingly fractious political climate in the United Kingdom following the general election, and the fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

During previous talks processes, the smaller parties have claimed they have been marginalised.

Other reports by GizPress

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