United Kingdom to double length of next Parliament to deal with Brexit

But May’s failure to win a majority in last week’s election has weakened her position badly and reopened the debate around the Brexit strategy just days before the country opens its divorce talks with Brussels on Monday.

Similarly, if you are wondering why May’s pact with Northern Ireland’s DUP hasn’t been announced, it’s not because the deal to prop up her government has not been agreed.

The newly-appointed Taoiseach met with Prime Minister May in Downing Street, where he offered his sympathies on behalf of Ireland after the horrific fire and two recent terror attacks in London Bridge and Finsbury Park.

He said that there needed to be a new urgency to re-establishing Stormont as the Brexit negotiation began.

The British side will be led by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, while the EU side will be led by the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

A second phase of talks on future trade relations will follow only after they are satisfied that sufficient progress has been made on these issues.

With May’s electoral gamble backfiring, does she still have a mandate? We would have to work out what that looked like.

Sir John Major said last week that a deal risked alienating armed republicans and loyalists, and cause resentment in other parts of the United Kingdom if the government made promises to spend large amounts of public money.

Amid reports that opposition parties will try to bring down Mrs May with a series of targeted amendments to the Queen’s Speech, the PM said she was still pushing for an alignment with the DUP.

He urged those in his party unhappy that they lost their House of Commons majority not to move against Mrs May for fear it will damage our chances of getting a good European Union deal.

Last week, Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams went to Downing Street and told Theresa May that an agreement with the DUP would constitute a breach of the Good Friday Agreement, making clear his party will continue to demand a “unity poll”, referred to by the Good Friday Agreement as a “border poll”. We are talking about a confidence and supply agreement with them.

“On reaching such an agreement, we will make sure that the details of that are made public so that people can see exactly what that is based on”.

May said that the Government was “steadfast in our support for the Belfast Agreement”, but Varadkar said he did “relay concerns” about a possible deal.