Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

Sinn Fein has said it does not want the DUP to put forward its leader Arlene Foster as first minister until the results of a corruption probe are finalised.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill has said she will raise the issue with Mrs May in face-to-face talks in London on Thursday.

"I think it is all very doable".

On Thursday, May visited the wreckage of an apartment building in west London, where at least 17 people were killed in a fire, and ordered a public inquiry.

On a visit to Paris on Tuesday evening where she met with French President Emmanuel Macron, May described the talks as "productive".

May's government has said its Brexit plans remain the same, and her Brexit minister David Davis will be pressing for close economic ties but a clear break with the bloc to be able to control immigration and restore sovereignty over British laws.

In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Would we then say they shouldn't be in government in the Republic? "We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)".

Among these was whether Britain's position would "be the same as in the letter of March 29" when May triggered the two-year Brexit countdown.

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration. "It's passing quicker than anyone believes That's why we're ready to start very quickly".

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May now faces the task of satisfying both the pro-European and eurokceptic factions of her party, keeping Northern Ireland calm and negotiating a divorce with 27 other European Union members whose combined economic might is more than five times that of Britain.

May's program will most probably have to be watered down, dropping some of her preferred reforms to help get legislation through parliament and possibly having to give way to other ministers who have strong views over the direction of Brexit.

Certainly one of the requests will be for more money for Northern Ireland in helping with infrastructure, and money for schools and hospitals.

With negotiations between the two parties ongoing, and a deal to form a minority government reportedly 95 per cent complete, an agreement is expected to be reached next week.

Talks to restore confidence took a back seat in recent days as the political focus largely shifted to London and the DUP's deal to prop up the Conservatives at Westminster.

The formal beginning of the parliamentary session has been delayed due to May's talks with the Democratic Unionists over an informal deal to secure the Conservatives a majority in parliament.

This has been echoed by Sinn Fein, with the republican party saying the proposed agreement is causing anxiety and fear and could have implications for power-sharing talks.

"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean", Sinn Fein MP Michelle Glidernew told AFP.

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