DUP hopeful of deal with Conservatives sooner rather than later, says Foster

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is applauded by his MPs as he enters the House of Commons

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is applauded by his MPs as he enters the House of Commons

He told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme: "The last thing anybody wishes to see is one or other of the communities so aggrieved that the hardmen, who are still there lurking in the corners of the communities, decide that they wish to return to some form of violence".

May hopes with the backing of the DUP her Conservatives will again command the majority they lost in last week's election.

Talks between the DUP and the Conservatives continued in the Palace of Westminster yesterday afternoon, and Ms Foster was reported to be staying in London overnight ahead of finalising a deal today or tomorrow. "She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

A Downing Street source said the talks had been "constructive" but refused to put a timescale on when they would conclude.

It comes as the party has accused the DUP of betraying the interests of Northern Ireland by agreeing to prop up a Conservative minority government. She looked at her watch and ignored a question from a reporter who asked: "What is your price?"

Earlier, former Conservative prime minister John Major warned that a pact with the DUP could undermine the Northern Ireland peace process because the British government could not be perceived as impartial.

"Although I don't expect it suddenly to collapse, because there's a broad consensus that wishes it to continue, I think we have to take care with it and take care that everything we do does not exaggerate the underlying differences that still are there in the Northern Ireland community". "They may well discuss aspects of Brexit but the main focus will be on counterterrorism", May's spokesman said on Monday. While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-call hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimize the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

Discussions in Westminster are continuing without Theresa May after she left for Paris for a pre-arranged meeting with newly elected president Emmanuel Macron.

During the campaign, May cast herself as the only leader competent enough to navigate the tortuous Brexit negotiations that will shape the future of the United Kingdom and its $2.5 trillion economy.

May, who ahead of the June referendum supported remaining in the European Union, has promised to start the Brexit talks next week but opponents of a sharp break with the European Union took her woes as a chance to push back against her strategy.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to the negotiations surrounding Brexit.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who were the Prime Minister's joint chiefs of staff, resigned amid intense Tory criticism in the wake of the snap election that cost the Conservatives their Commons majority.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny the reports when pressed, but told Sky News that the reality of the election result meant that May and her government would need to reach beyond party lines.

"The Tory civil war on the European Union which has ripped it apart since the Maastricht rebellions of the early 1990s, and which the referendum was supposed to solve, is now raging again", said Chris Grey, an academic who specialises in Brexit at Royal Holloway in London.

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