DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with a Northern Ireland-based party to see if they can together push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.

A deal between British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland could be delayed until next week after a massive fire engulfed the Grenfell Towers in London early on Wednesday killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, DUP sources said.

The British prime minister is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron after the meetings today.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill has said she will raise the issue with Mrs May in face-to-face talks in London on Thursday. Her gamble failed spectacularly.

Before the election, May proposed a clean break from the European Union, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market, limits on immigration and a bespoke customs deal with the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after Thursday's vote produced no clear victor. But the prospect of a deal has prompted warnings that it could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

Speaking earlier on Tuesday, DUP leader Arlene Foster told reporters that discussions centered on "bringing stability to the United Kingdom government in and around issues around Brexit, obviously around counter-terrorism, and then doing what's right for Northern Ireland in respect of economic matters".

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Sinn Fein MPs have traditionally refused to sit in Westminster because they won't swear an oath to the Queen. "This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean, or what promises may be given".

"So there is a lot of anxiety and a lot of fear out of what is being discussed".

"But, let us be clear and organized and once the negotiations have started we should be well aware that it'll be more hard to move backwards", he noted.

"I can't negotiate by myself", he added.

In an article for the Times on Tuesday, the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove - who has clashed with May in the past - said she was the ideal person to secure a Brexit agreement that "commanded the widest possible support" given her track record of "seeing through vital jobs to the end". "The current uncertainty can not continue", he said on Twitter.

The first round of formal negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will begin on June 19, it has been confirmed. We voted then to take back control of our borders and our laws and to take back control of our money and trade deals.

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