Former PM John Major urges Theresa May to withdraw from DUP deal

Campaigners Catherine Couvert and Sally Bridge from the Love Equality Coalition

Campaigners Catherine Couvert and Sally Bridge from the Love Equality Coalition

LONDON, June 15 Northern Ireland's largest nationalist party would oppose any deal their main unionist rival strikes to prop up British Prime Minister Theresa May that undermines peace in the province but would welcome the increased funding it may bring.

"I am dubious about it", Major told BBC radio.

Major's warning comes amid ongoing political turmoil in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein has also claimed that a Tory-DUP alliance could damage powersharing talks in Northern Ireland, which has been without an executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January.

The listing of four policy areas where the parties are in agreement suggests a final deal may go further than a basic confidence and supply arrangement, which would see the DUP guarantee its support only on financial measures and no-confidence votes.

Former British prime minister John Major said on Tuesday he was concerned about a planned deal between Prime Minister Theresa May and a mainly Protestant political party in Northern Ireland to shore up May's minority government.

The DUP was perhaps the most ardent party in supporting Brexit, but it is likely to demand concessions from Mrs May, such as receiving Westminster's coffers to replace lost European Union funds.

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The DUP leader declined to give details of what she termed a "positive engagement with the Conservative Party".

When pressed on whether a gay person or a woman wanting an abortion would think of the DUP as compassionate, McCausland said: "Those are matters that are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly". Journalist Owen Jones, who is leading a demonstration in London against the prospect of the DUP in Government, has called it "a menace to LGBT rights and women's rights".

Speaking to reporters today, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said that the election result had significant implications."I do have a sense that the landscape does change somewhat as a result of the British election", Varadkar, who is expected to be voted in as prime minister on Wednesday, told reporters.

The DUP and Sinn Fein are taking part in Thursday's talks at Downing Street, along with smaller parties.

She said the key issues were the need for stable government in the national interest, Brexit, counter-terrorism and "doing what's right for Northern Ireland".

"It's going to be hard, there's no doubt about that, but perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with the other parties on how best we can achieve it", he said at a conference in Poland, the Financial Times reported.

Mr Adams said he had never had any faith in the impartiality of the United Kingdom government.

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