Gerry Adams tells Theresa May she has 'breached the Good Friday Agreement'

Michele Moreno
June 28, 2017

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, said she wanted "a sensible Brexit" that "works for everybody" after talks in Dublin with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

After days of uncertainty, the Government announced that the State Opening would now take place on Wednesday June 21 - two days later than originally scheduled.

Adams added: "We will oppose any deal which undermines the Good Friday agreement".

On the agenda is the Queen's Speech (equivalent to the president's address in India's Parliament), which is drafted by the ruling party and mentions its policies.

Concerns have been raised - including by Varadkar himself - that the setup could jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process.

The 1998 peace accords in Northern Ireland set up a power-sharing agreement in the British province, but this collapsed in January when Irish republicans Sinn Fein pulled out, citing a breakdown in trust.

She pointed out that the DUP had just achieved its greatest ever election result and said the party would not countenance anything regarding Sinn Féin deciding who the DUP's nominee for first minister should be.

"Theresa May needs to cut a deal and the parties in Northern Ireland, I think, want to see their institutions restored".

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood described the Downing Street meeting as "very positive" but said it would require a lot more to convince his party that "the DUP tail is not wagging the Tory dog".

She said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

He told The Scottish Farmer his party was in a strong position to fight for farmers and fishermen in Brexit talks, which will begin as planned on Monday.

"Both parties are committed to strengthening the Union, combating terrorism, delivering Brexit and delivering prosperity across the whole country", the source said.

Talks between the Conservatives and the DUP are reported to be progressing well, although it is likely to be early next week before an agreement is finalised.

In a phone call with Mrs May, the outgoing Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, indicated his concern that her deal with the DUP would "put the Good Friday Agreement at risk", a spokesman for Mr Kenny said.

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