'Anxiety and fear' over Tory-DUP deal: Sinn Fein

May seeks to allay peace process fears over DUP alliance

Theresa May is battling to survive in power at home and overseas: at home trying to build a Commons majority and in Europe starting Brexit negotiations.

European Parliament's top negotiator for Brexit, has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May provides clarity on the UK's stance toward divorce negotiations, following last week's shock election result.

However frustrating this waiting period might be for Barnier, he should be prepared for it to last a little longer.

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There were problems with her campaign style as well as the policies she put forward. She was described over the weekend by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as a "dead woman walking".

Even Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Minister, who was reportedly one of the main contenders for PM post, insisted May should stay.

The European Union has already said that it will make the border issue one of its top priorities, as has the British government.

Mr Adams, addressing claims of Sinn Fein disengagement, said: "We want into the institutions, because that is what the people desire, that is what the people voted for".

"We would restore faith in politics if we could show that this parliament can at least function in presenting a view in the national interest which would command a majority on a cross-party basis", said pro-European Conservative lawmaker Ken Clarke.

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And now a survey by website ConservativeHome has found that nearly two-thirds of Tories believe her short time as leader is over. And former Conservative minister Anna Soubry said May should take personal responsibility for a "dreadful" campaign.

If a joint government can not be realised, then the two parties should at least agree on a common stance and share responsibility for the Brexit talks, to show the world that Britain is united.

Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said her party was very concerned about the Conservative government's neutrality, as Theresa May and Arlene Foster were "two sides of the same coin". The DUP does support Brexit, but does not agree with every aspect of the government's approach to date.

But the prospect of a deal has caused consternation in Dublin, with Ireland's outgoing premier Enda Kenny warning that such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace. At the same time, there are differences between what the DUP wants and what May wants.

"The Tory civil war on the European Union which has ripped it apart since the Maastricht rebellions of the early 1990s, and which the referendum was supposed to solve, is now raging again", said Chris Grey, an academic who specialises in Brexit at Royal Holloway college in London.

Before the Mansion House dinner was canceled because of the fire, finance minister Hammond had been due to tackle fears among the financial elite that May's insistence that "no deal is better than a bad deal" would cost them business.

Getting a good Brexit deal should not be just the Tories' responsibility.

On this the government is also facing opposition from the newly strengthened opposition Labour Party.

She refused to debate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; she didn't hold big events to explain her plans for the country; and she came across as a bit robotic, tending to reuse the same catch phrases over and over again.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said May needed to listen to rival political parties, and that there would be pressure for a softer Brexit that would give greater priority to a close trading deal with the EU.



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