DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

Pressure grows on May to pursue cross-party approach to Brexit

Pressure grows on May to pursue cross-party approach to Brexit

Talks have been under way between DUP leader Arlene Foster and the Prime Minister over a possible alliance, as the Northern Ireland party's 10 MPs could help to prop up a Tory Government.

Britain's prime minister has opened talks with a Northern Ireland-based party Tuesday to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "very good discussions" so far and she would travel to London to meet May on Tuesday. "But we are going into these talks with the national interest at heart", Foster had said ahead of the meeting.

Before joining French President Emmanuel Macron to watch England get beaten 3-2 by France in Paris, she insisted she will not need extra time to negotiate Brexit.

The DUP found itself as kingmakers following the shock general election result which saw Theresa May's party lose its overall majority in the House of Commons. Her gamble failed spectacularly.

The DUP is believed to be more favourable to a "soft Brexit" that would keep Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing.

The cabinet also discussed the ongoing talks with the DUP to secure a confidence and supply arrangement, added May's official spokesperson.

Sinn Fein has warned such a move undermines power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland and the party's seven MPs have flown to London where they will hold a briefing with reporters.

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In an attempt to fight back over repeated reports over the Northern Ireland right-wing party's views on social issues, the party hopes to form a deal with the Conservatives.

The 1998 Belfast Agreement, also known as the "Good Friday" Agreement commits the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland. "There's a lot of anxiety", Sinn Fein MP Michelle Glidernew told.

"We stand at a critical time with those Brexit negotiations starting only next week - I think that stability is important".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, warned on Tuesday that "the current uncertainty can not continue" and on Wednesday issued five "pressing questions" on Twitter.

Clarke backed Remain in last year's European Union referendum, but said that "the parliamentary vote in the last parliament settled the doubt we are leaving. we are now destined to leave the European Union". "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

France's Macron said the EU's door was still open for Britain as long as the negotiations were not finished, but that it would be hard to reverse course.

The EU meanwhile unveiled plans to give itself new powers over London's banking business after Brexit, in what could be a blow to the city's supremacy as a global financial hub.

"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.