Restoring powersharing the priority as Brexit talks begin, says Irish minister

During previous talks processes, the smaller parties have claimed they have been marginalised.

I am personally committed to ensuring a practical solution that recognises the unique economic, social, cultural and political context of the land border with Ireland – which so many people pass through everyday and it remain our priority to work closely with the Irish government to ensure a frictionless and seamless a border as possible.

“We spoke about the very important need for both governments to be impartial actors when it comes to Northern Ireland and that we are co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement and that any agreement that may exist between the Conservatives and the DUP should not in any way impact on the Good Friday Agreement”, he said.

To get the support of the 11 DUP members of parliament – even to retain the support of the 13 MPs of the Scottish Conservative Party – she will have to agree to a much softer Brexit.

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union will be expected to gather information on the 27’s thinking and feed it back to Mrs May, including on where there could be chinks in the armour for the United Kingdom to exploit.

Britain, the EU’s biggest financial market is leaving the bloc in 2019, raising the prospect of an abrupt cut in cross-border links without a new trade deal.

Queen’s Speech set for Wednesday but how long will May’s government survive?

According to the prime minister, “after all the division and discord, the country is coming together”.

The Guardian is also aware that a Northern Ireland law firm has considered a similar challenge. That is untrue. The referendum and its aftermath have been an agent of fracture, not of healing.

Mr. Davis is expected to say: “We want both sides to emerge strong and prosperous, capable of projecting our shared European values, leading in the world, and demonstrating our resolve to protect the security of our citizens”. That must mean the European arrest warrant and EU databases and information exchange systems.

May’s next major blunder was to call the June 9 parliamentary election. And a buoyant Labour opposition under the new-found acceptance of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader are continuing to operate in campaign mode, having improved their standing in the electorate, particularly with young people. She clings to power, relying on her colleagues’ fear of another election and on the support of the DUP.

The Frenchman has been given a mandate by the leaders of the remaining EU27 states to focus initially on the key elements of the withdrawal package – a multi-billion euro “divorce bill”, rights for European Union citizens and the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.