They told me the United Kingdom would vote Remain, they said Theresa May would win a commanding majority, now they tell me that the deal with the Democratic Unionist Party is essential for our national stability.
IRELAND’S new taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been “reassured” by Theresa May that her planned deal with the DUP will not undermine the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Williamson said of the upcoming Brexit negotiations: “Labour has attempted to block the wishes of the British people every step of the way”.
The newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister said an agreement should not be an accord struck only between the two largest parties – the DUP and Sinn Féin.
The participants have until June 29 to reach a deal that would see devolution returned or they face the prospect of direct rule being reimposed from Westminster. “I think it is very much doable to have a deal by the end of this month”, she added. “We are hopeful of getting a resolution to them as quickly as possible”, he said.
“Northern Ireland is perhaps the most vulnerable part of Europe to a bad Brexit deal, should that happen”, said Mr Coveney.
Negotiations are set to continue between the DUP and Conservatives in London, and in Belfast where the five main Stormont parties are trying to restore powersharing.
“But, in addition, the government in southern Ireland will look to reconfigure its relations with the DUP, creating difficulties for Sinn Fein”, he said.
I may have worked in many cultures and countries in the interest of our country, but in Parliament I’m still new.
Asked if his party favoured a hard or soft Brexit, Mr Hamilton said the preference was for a “sensible Brexit”.
“They can’t have it both way, it has to be dealt with sensibly”.
On Monday, Mr Coveney said: “As the representative of the Irish Government at the talks, I will do my utmost to support the parties in reaching an agreement which ensures that the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement is fully protected, that all of its institutions function effectively and fairly and that previous agreements are honourably implemented”.
She is seeking to negotiate a so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement whereby the DUP will throw their weight behind the government in key Commons votes, such as on the Queen’s Speech and Budgets.
“In the north of Ireland, Sinn Fein is enmeshed in institutional politics and their tie-up with EU funding, while in the south it wants to appeal to working class people campaigning against the austerity and privatisation policies promoted by pro-EU Dublin governments, the European Commission and the European Central Bank”, he explained.