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UK's May holds alliance talks with NIreland party chief


The Prime Minister is to meet all Northern Ireland's main parties as Stormont politicians continue to voice fears her anticipated parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionists will undermine the peace process.

On Wednesday, MEPs returned to the United Kingdom legislative elections which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her majority last week.

Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them.

As Mrs Foster met with her MPs in Westminster, she said: "The future's bright", prompting Ian Paisley junior to respond: "The future's orange".

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks. Without a so-called confidence and supply deal with the DUP, her party risks losing the vote next week on the Queen's Speech, which lays out the agenda for the government.

A new British government must be able to pass a vote in Parliament on a "Queen's speech", in which the monarch reads out a summary of the government's program before lawmakers give their verdict.

Britain's Press Association, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers at a closed-door session that she admitted she was the one who "got us into this mess" and vowed that she would be the one who will "get us out of it".

An initial round of talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster ended with no agreement on Tuesday, although both sides said they were hopeful of a deal.

"David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday, 19 June", according to the statement issued on Thursday afternoon.

During the weekend, Corbyn called for a second general election, claiming his party was positioned to win.

A Scottish Conservatives spokesman said: "Even for the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon's attack on the Conservative talks with the DUP takes hypocrisy to new levels".

It's been almost a week since Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May claimed victory in the general election-but the country still doesn't have a new government confirmed and ready to take charge.

Mrs May has a busy schedule on Tuesday, hosting a cabinet meeting and talks with the DUP leader before travelling to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

Moody's Investors Service said the inconclusive election outcome would complicate and "probably delay" negotiations with the EU.

May is reportedly facing demands for her resignation after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday's snap vote.

But some opposition politicians say that May can no longer stick to her stance for a clean break with the European Union, characterising her election bid as a poor gamble that has left Britain a laughing stock. "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

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