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Sinn Fein says will oppose any deal that undermines peace deal

19 June 2017, 01:14 | Opal Carroll

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan faces a battle with Simon Coveney for the key Brexit post in the cabinet of new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan faces a battle with Simon Coveney for the key Brexit post in the cabinet of new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

After days of uncertainty, the Government announced that the State Opening would now take place on Wednesday June 21 - two days later than originally scheduled.

And Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann said the Prime Minister had assured him that the "entire deal will be made public".

"Both parties are committed to strengthening the union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole of the country", the source said.

While DUP leader Arlene Foster has now left for Northern Ireland, leaving party colleagues to continue hammering out the details of the arrangement with the Conservatives, the other four main parties at Stormont confirmed they would meet Mrs May on Thursday afternoon.

The proposed deal would see the DUP back the Conservatives in votes on the Budget and confidence motions.

May has been holding talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), keen to get the backing of their 10 lawmakers in Westminster's parliament to return to government after failing to win a majority in last week's British election.

Talks with the DUP broke up on Tuesday night without an agreement, but Mrs May said the discussions had been "productive".

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Delegations from Northern Irish Parties met the Prime Minister at Downing Street to express their concern at the impact a deal with the DUP could have on efforts to reconvene the powersharing executive.

"It's imperative that both Governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive".

In a statement afterwards, Mrs May said that "good progress" had been made and an agreement was possible if there was "good will on all sides".

"The power-sharing institutions collapsed because of the DUP's RHI financial scandal and the refusal of previous Tory governments and the DUP to implement previous agreements".

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said he "told Theresa May directly that she is in breach of the Good Friday Agreement" by undermining the United Kingdom government's role as an impartial guarantor.

Mr Adams said: 'We have just finished a meeting with the British prime minister and her secretary of state.

Ahead of the meeting with May, Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said that any deal between the Conservatives and the DUP in Westminster can not be allowed to stand in the way of the Good Friday Agreement, which sets out the power-sharing process in Northern Ireland.



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