Northern Ireland's DUP says talks with Conservatives to continue in London

British election deal puts Irish peace at risk

British election deal puts Irish peace at risk

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Downing Street in central London on Saturday to rally against the alliance of Theresa May's government with Northern Ireland's hardline DUP.

"It takes two to tango and we're ready to dance", she said.

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.

Addressing the Communist Party of Britain's executive committee, he declared that the DUP priority would be to gain more public money and reduce corporation tax on business profits to serve its own narrow interests in northern Ireland.

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.

Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets, said: "Theresa May is still trying to put all the broken pieces together and forming a coalition with Northern DUP party remains on top of the bucket list".

"The point is she is not a unifying figure any more".

"As we spoke on the way in, I was reminded of that famous scene in Love Actually where Hugh Grant does his dance down the stairs, but apparently it wasn't filmed here so I didn't get a chance to see the stairs".

The anticipated arrangement has forced the UK Government to reject suggestions its commitment to act with impartiality in Northern Ireland - as set out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement - will be fatally undermined by any pact with the DUP.

Ms Foster dismissed suggestions her deal with the Tories threatened the peace process. "What would happen then?" They don't want us to return to the status quo.

She said he needed "to deliver for all of [the] citizens on the island of Ireland".

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

The prime minister met leaders of Northern Ireland' other political parties yesterday, some of whom had voiced concerns that a tie-up could destabilise local politics and undermine the British government's neutrality in overseeing separate talks to form a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

"We were assured by the Prime Minister that she wasn't looking a "hard" Brexit or a "soft" Brexit, but rather the "right" Brexit".

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