EU's Brexit negotiator puts pressure on UK


With former prime ministers stepping all over the turf, and mainstream media barely concealing its ambition to discredit the new DUP-supported, Tory-led government from the get-go, there is one way that Theresa May could clear the air, give herself some much needed legitimacy, and silence the critics.

Later, a Downing Street spokesperson said: "In the first Cabinet meeting since the election, ministers discussed the forthcoming Queen's Speech, including the legislative program required to deliver the best possible Brexit deal for the whole United Kingdom".

On Tuesday she held talks with Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster, whose anti-abortion, homophobic and eurosceptic Northern Irish party has 10 parliamentary seats and could shore up May's minority Conservative government. They resumed as Sinn Fein's seven abstentionist MPs - who could bring Labour's Jeremy Corbyn closer to a Commons majority if they wished - arrived in London while other MPs, including those of the DUP, were sworn in.

Mr Brokenshire insisted the Government would honour its commitments in the Good Friday Agreement and warned that time was running out if power-sharing was to be restored and a return to direct rule from Westminster avoided.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party resumed talks on a deal to prop up her minority government yesterday as she faced a battle over her Brexit strategy just days before European Union divorce talks are due to begin.

Britain and the European Union now have less than two years to conclude exit negotiations before the UK's departure date at the end of March 2019.

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

"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean, or what promises may be given".

"It's passing quicker than anyone believes..."

Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which started the clock on Brexit, in March.

"She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

He added: "A fundamental part of that peace process is that the UK Government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland".

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks.

At least six people died and dozens were injured when a massive fire tore through a 24-storey London apartment block overnight, a fresh blow to the capital less than two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack.