UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

by Wade Massey June 16, 2017, 0:49

In a reflection of her newfound humility, May managed a joke her own expense as Britain's House of Commons got underway in the first sitting after Thursday's general election.

But to stay in government, May must strike a deal with the small euroskeptic Northern Irish party with 10 parliamentary seats, the Democratic Unionist Party.

But a deadly fire at a tower block in London delayed the announcement of any deal.

Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week's election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda - Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London. Ms Foster said she hoped a deal could be done "sooner rather than later".

In addition to these fears, rumors regarding the deal seem to suggest that the DUP will not enter a full coalition with the Conservatives, only backing the Tories on key Brexit issues.

The talks are being closely watched in European capitals as they could delay the expected start of Brexit negotiations next week, as well as change Britain's entire approach to its EU withdrawal.

The British prime minister is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron after the meetings today.

Leave campaigner Michael Gove has indicated the Government is ready to pursue a softer Brexit deal and work with Labour to get it through Parliament.

But with so much at stake for Britain and its $2.5 trillion economy, pressure was mounting on May from within and without her party to heed other voices.

But a newly appointed junior Brexit minister, Steve Baker, told Reuters: "I don't foresee any change..."

"We need trust to build the future relationship".

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (14 June).

"We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov. But like in Alice in Wonderland, not all the doors are the same", he added.

"It will be a brand new door, with a new Europe, a Europe without rebates, without complexity, with real powers and with unity", Verhofstadt said.

"This is the first time I have been here without (former Deputy First Minister) Martin McGuinness and we also gave her Martin McGuinness' resignation letter because that points out the difficulties (where) the institutions failed but also pinpoint the way that the institutions can be put back in place on a basis which shows respect for everyone, tolerance and integrity".

The deal will be unveiled during the first round of formal talks in the European Union on Monday. Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.

A Conservative source said there was so far no deal to announce and that a decision on the timing of any announcement would have to wait until an agreement was finalised.

May will also be reliant upon the 10 lawmakers from the eurosceptic DUP, who would help her edge past the 326 votes needed in parliament to avoid the government collapsing.

Some observers have maintained that a deal with the DUP risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists.

Former Tory Prime Minister John Major, who has raised concerns about the potential alliance, warned the more extreme elements in both Catholic and Protestant communities could see an opportunity to re-enter the fray.

Although the DUP are unionists - wanting to remain part of the United Kingdom - and broadly support numerous policies of the Conservative and Unionist Party (as the Conservatives are correctly called), May's proposed deal could scupper attempt to broker a power-sharing deal with Sinn Fein - which promotes the unification of Ireland - on the Northern Ireland Executive.

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