UK PM May will face leadership challenge if she softens Brexit

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 20, 2017

On his talks in London with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, he said they had offered an "Irish solution to an English problem" as giving Northern Ireland special European Union status after Brexit to keep an open border on the island.

The details of the partnership between the two parties were due to be announced on Wednesday but were put on hold because of the fire that engulfed a London housing tower, killing 17 people.

"Politicians in Northern Ireland and at Westminster must heed this demand for change".

Amnesty International has welcomed the results of the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey which has revealed that an overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland favour reform of Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The parties have yet to come to an agreement on the running of the Assembly since.

Last week, Mr Varadkar warned Ms May about getting too close to the DUP, as both governments have roles as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, which secured peace in the region after decades of conflict.

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.

"But, in addition, the government in southern Ireland will look to reconfigure its relations with the DUP, creating difficulties for Sinn Fein", he said.

The Northern Irish party in talks to support Theresa May's minority government hopes to conclude negotiations with the prime minister's Conservative Party as quickly as possible, its leader told BBC on Friday. Other politicians have voiced their concern as well.

Sinn Fein has consistently made this point and Michelle O'Neill reiterated that with Prime Minister May.

Former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major has also warned a Tory-DUP pact could destabilise the peace process, as the United Kingdom government would no longer be seen as an honest broker. "Any deal that undercuts in any way the process here of the Good Friday and other agreements is one that has to be opposed by progressives".

It could "catapult Northern Ireland into a serious crisis and back onto our front pages", he wrote.

But he said those arguments also needed to be made by a serving first and deputy first minister at Stormont. "It's not certain, it's under stress, it's fragile".

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