Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

British election deal puts Irish peace at risk

British election deal puts Irish peace at risk

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government said on Thursday it would launch her policy programme next week, a sign of confidence she will strike a deal to stay in power after days of political uncertainty since losing her majority.

An alliance with the SNP and Labour may have led to more progressive policies for the whole of the United Kingdom (after all, Corbyn's manifesto commitments were mainly pinched from policies already enacted by the SNP Scottish Government) yet we now sit in fear that the DUP will be the tail wagging the Tory dog.

The proposed deal's most vocal critics include former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major, who said it could put the peace process at risk.

During that scandal, DUP First Minister Arlene Foster ignored repeated calls for her to step aside while an investigation is carried out into the scheme - which could cost taxpayers in the North in the region of £400 million (about €460 million), possibly more.

Following a bruising election result in which her Conservative Party squandered a 12-seat majority in Parliament and found itself struggling to form a government, May has attempted to form an alliance with the far-right Democratic Unionist Party.

He added James Brokenshire was "as good a man as you could get" amid Mr Adams' claim this week that the Northern Ireland Secretary of State was not an acceptable chairman of talks aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont.

On Brexit, Ms Foster said her party wanted to see "a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody".

"And we told her very directly that she was in breach of the Good Friday Agreement and we itemised those matters in which she was dilatory or in default in relation to that agreement". It isn't certain, it is under stress.

He believed that the Stormont power-sharing arrangements would be re-established over the summer between the DUP and Sinn Fein, but with the DUP in an even stronger position than before.

"Both the Government and the DUP have refused to implement key agreements on language and equality rights and dealing with the legacy of the past".

Since then, both leaders have met with the Northern Ireland parties to discuss the ongoing talks.

"The danger is that however much any government tries, they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a parliamentary deal, at Westminster, with one of the Northern Ireland parties". "It is really for Sinn Fein to decide where they want those powers to lie".

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also said she was concerned about the prospect of a DUP-Conservatives deal.

"We have got two weeks with a lot of the distractions out of the way and getting into the detail I think it is clear the main obstacles are not insurmountable", she said.

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