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DUP to 'support soft Irish border' in Brexit talks

DUP to 'support soft Irish border' in Brexit talks

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.

"We will oppose any deal which undermines the Good Friday agreement", Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, told reporters outside Downing Street, in reference to the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.

"As we take another step forward in the tackling the great issues that face us today, that face Europe and Northern Ireland, and the British and Irish relationship", he said.

Mrs May also said both governments will work to ensure the border in Northern Ireland will be as 'frictionless and seamless as possible'.

Abolishing Air Passenger Duty is one of the DUP's key demands as it pits Northern Ireland unfavourably against the Republic of Ireland, where the duty has been abolished.

In a phone call with Mrs May, the outgoing Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, indicated his concern that her deal with the DUP would "put the Good Friday Agreement at risk", a spokesman for Mr Kenny said.

Mrs May needs the votes of the DUP's 10 MPs to prop up her minority administration, as she hopes to steer government business, including crucial measures on Brexit, through the Commons.




"If there is the expected positive outcome, it will be at least the start of next week before anything is signed off", a DUP source said.

The Prime Minister also said both Britain and Ireland want the "reciprocal rights that our citizens enjoy in both countries to continue, including the rights under the Belfast Agreement".

Mr Coveney, who lost out to Leo Varadkar in the race to succeed Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, has replaced Charlie Flanagan at the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

That statement comes despite the Queen's Speech being scheduled for Wednesday.

"We think it is very important that Northern Ireland should have a unique voice at this very important time", he said.

"The Prime Minister will have to do a lot more, however, to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog".

May's programme will most probably have to be watered down, dropping some of her preferred reforms to help get legislation through Parliament and possibly having to give way to other ministers who have strong views over the direction of Brexit.


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