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Simon Coveney: North 'may be most vulnerable to bad Brexit deal'

20 June 2017, 10:51 | Terri Saunders

Arlene Foster with Prime Minister Theresa May

Arlene Foster with Prime Minister Theresa May

As he travelled to Belfast to participate in negotiations for the first time, Simon Coveney pledged to "spare no effort" in the process to salvage the crisis-hit institutions at Stormont.

According to a statement, Mr Davis is expected to say that while there is a long road ahead, the destination was clear - "A deep and special partnership between the United Kingdom and the EU".

Northern Ireland has been without a powersharing executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January, after Sinn Fein collapsed the administration amid faltering trust and relations with the DUP.

"We will oppose any deal which undermines the Good Friday agreement", Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, told reporters outside Downing Street, in reference to the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.

After touring the wrecked and fire-blackened apartment block and ordering an inquiry, May returned to talks to try to seal a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure the backing of their 10 lawmakers in parliament to help her pass laws and govern as Britain starts talks to leave the EU.

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.

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

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The UK Government has warned that direct rule from London could be reimposed if the local parties fail to reach an agreement before the June 29 deadline. Perhaps it is. But I'm going to ask a few questions first.

A DUP source confirmed negotiations were "ongoing" and said they were looking to deliver "a more compassionate style of government for the whole of the UK".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she is ready to "tango" with Sinn Fein in order to finally put a government together in NI after five months of legislative bedlam.

It also suggests a public consultation on plans to deal with the legacy of the Troubles, and details ways of making Northern Ireland's government more accountable.

Mr Varadkar said he was reassured by the Prime Minister's commitment to make public the terms of any agreement. Then women would no longer have to travel to England for an abortion and they and their medical carers would no longer be treated as criminals.

May's Conservatives have been in talks with the DUP after the prime minister's party failed to win a majority in a national election last week.

"To change the leader of the party now would simply be to pile on the chaos", says Norman Lamont, an ardent Brexit supporter and former chancellor of the exchequer, who believes May's re-election, despite the loss of her majority, affirms her mandate.



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