Tory-DUP deal 'imminent' as Foster and May resume talks

Posted June 26, 2017

Talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on a deal to prop up Britain's minority government in parliament are "progressing in the right way", the global development secretary, Priti Patel, said on Sunday.

Priti Patel, the worldwide development secretary, told ITV's Peston on Sunday she understood the inter-party talks were "progressing in the right way" and a deal would "come to the conclusion at the right time when when all parties have agreed".

The DUP leader last night travelled to London along with senior party MPs, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds.

Foster told Sky News earlier on Monday that she had returned to London in the hope of finalising a deal with May's Conservative Party.

Actually, I think that this agreement will bring the prospects of doing a deal at Stormont closer because this will have a positive impact in relation to Northern Ireland.

The prime minister faces a countdown to settle an arrangement with the Democratic Unionists, days before her minority government attempts to get its Queen's Speech plans approved by the Commons.

The Guardian reports that the deal hinges on an economic package for Northern Ireland.

The potential hook-up has also caused concern among some Conservatives.

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives hope to secure DUP support to pass legislation after losing their parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, and with pivotal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union getting under way.

"Every vote will cost you", he declared.

Members of May's own party are reportedly lined up to dump their leader if it looks like her government will lose the vote.