No deal yet between UK Conservatives and DUP to back PM May


The DUP founded by the Rev. Ian Paisley is a staunchly Unionist party with a deep Protestant Christian ethos which governs some if not of all of their policies.

"The talks are ongoing, they are very positive, they are constructive".

Would this have been part of their negotiations with Theresa May in Downing Street?

Some opposition politicians say that stance is no longer acceptable, with some in her own party pressing May to soften her position and focus on saving jobs after Britain leaves.

Mr McFadden, who is a member of the cross-party Brexit Select Committee, said: "The fact that The Conservatives are reliant on cobbling together a deal with the DUP to survive in Government shows how badly they miscalculated in calling an early election for no better reason than enjoying a big opinion poll lead".

Restoring devolved government in Belfast could protect Northern Ireland "from the worst effects of that arrangement", she said.

It comes as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon voiced concerns over the prospect of a "grubby deal" between the Tories and the DUP showing "disregard" for the Northern Irish peace process.

Even some Republicans have grudgingly admitted if this investment is forthcoming from the central government in London it could be a good thing for Northern Ireland.

On the Conservative side, former chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the Father of the House of Commons, warned Theresa May that a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP would not rescue her promise of a so-called hard Brexit because the Tory party would split.

Questioned about the DUP's relationship with loyalist paramilitaries, Mrs Foster said her party had never sought any endorsement from any group.

"What we need is good government of the country and also we want to get Northern Ireland sorted out as well".

Of course, Major's concerns could be completely unfounded, but on the other hand, they may be justified.

The nationalist Sinn Fein and SDLP and the cross-community Alliance have all made clear Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire can not chair the ongoing process to restore power-sharing at Stormont due to the perceived conflict of interest.

The British government will realise the importance of talks to get a Stormont administration running again and will remain completely objective in talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein. "We will continue with those negotiations throughout the weekend and into next week".