Talks to prop up May's government continue with DUP

"The main concern is going to be that if there is a Conservative-DUP deal, then can the British government continue to play the role of a honest broker in the restoration of a Northern Ireland executive?" said Simon Usherwood, senior politics lecturer at Surrey University.

The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said she hoped to shake hands "sooner rather than later".

Sources told the BBC any public statement about the talks yesterday would have been seen as inappropriate after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held separate talks on Friday with delegations from the two major parties in Northern Ireland over the restoration of a power-sharing executive there.

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell has raised concerns over reports the DUP want to end airport tax on visitors to Northern Ireland - which generated around £90m in 2015/16, according to HMRC estimates.

"We made the case to her that we would oppose any deal that undermined the Good Friday Agreement", he said.

"The power-sharing institutions collapsed because of the DUP's RHI financial scandal and the refusal of previous Tory governments and the DUP to implement previous agreements".

We've set out very clearly the fact that her government is in default of the Good Friday Agreement and successor agreements.

She said it should be no surprise that the DUP wants a reference to the devolution of Corporation Tax in the deal.

"And we itemised those matters in which she was dilatory or in default in relation to that agreement", he added.

According to The Scottish Farmer DUP MPs have promised that the party will fight for a secure future for farmers and fishermen in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

Ministers have already said that the Queen's Speech, scheduled for 19 June, may have to be delayed because of the ongoing talks.

The British government will realise the importance of talks to get a Stormont administration running again and will remain completely objective in talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

"Both the Government and the DUP have refused to implement key agreements on language and equality rights and dealing with the legacy of the past".

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