Sinn Fein says will oppose any deal that undermines peace deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of naming of a new Russian Arctic LNG tanker on a side of International Economic Forum

May's team will resume talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on a deal to secure their support in parliament after the 60-year-old leader failed to win an outright majority in last week's election - a vote she called expecting to strengthen her position.

The Prime Minister will meet separately with representatives of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and the Alliance Party - as well as the DUP - in Downing Street in an attempt to allay growing concerns.

"Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda but through the full implementation of the agreements and an Executive that respects the rights and delivers for all in society", she said.

Mrs Foster arrived in Downing Street with Nigel Dodds at lunchtime for negotiations with the Prime Minister but they decamped to Parliament to allow Mrs May and the DUP's deputy leader to speak in the Commons.

The DUP leader said: "There's been a lot of commentary around the issues that we are talking about and it won't surprise anyone that we are talking about matters that pertain, of course, to the nation generally".

Following London talks with the DUP, May will head to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron who has just won an impressive victory in parliamentary elections.

The outgoing speaker, John Bercow, was re-elected unopposed by the MPs, prompting May to raise laughter when she said: "At least someone got a landslide".

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In each case the leaders congratulated him on his election and said they looked forward to working closely with him in the future. Last month, Varadkar became the leader of governing political party Fine Gael, then submitted to become the next prime minister.

Media reports suggested an agreement could be delayed into next week, but the spokesman said: "I certainly have heard nothing on this side to indicate that".

"We never put timescales on when we expect a deal to be done and I'm not going to start now".

Ms May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, and many of her politicians and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.

In a surprise move, Michael Gove was appointed environment and agriculture minister less than a year after the prime minister sacked him as justice minister.

"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.

Theresa May has neared a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her leadership and confirmed Brexit talks would begin next week, amid calls for her to soften her approach to leaving the European Union.

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It is also against any move to limit those who can receive the winter fuel allowance. Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he had never had any faith in the impartiality of the UK Government as an honest broker in the province, even less so now that "they are putting together a deal with the DUP".

Michelle O'Neill said: "Sinn Féin is in the talks to re-establish the Executive and the full implementation of the Good Friday and other agreements".

The stakes for May are high.

"And if that wasn't enough, calling an unnecessary general election purely for the self interest of the Conservative Party and having mucked that campaign up they are now putting the country in hock to the DUP".

This means Jeremy Corbyn has even less of a mandate from the people of the United Kingdom to form a minority government than Theresa May.

Speaking in an interview with various European publications, Michel Barnier warned that time is "passing quicker than anyone believes - because the subjects we need to deal with are extraordinarily complex from a technical, judicial and financial point of view".

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