Tower blaze brings fresh delay to British PM's power deal

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She said it should be no surprise that the DUP wants a reference to the devolution of Corporation Tax in the deal.

At least six people died and dozens were injured when a massive fire tore through a 24-storey London apartment block overnight, a fresh blow to the capital less than two weeks after the London Bridge terror attack. However, the perceived closeness of the recent general election suggests that there will be much politicking back and forth between the two parties over Brexit and very little in the way of constructive co-operation.

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

"If others decide that they are not coming back into the devolved administration here in Northern Ireland then those issues will have to be dealt with at Westminster", Ms Foster said on Monday.

A Conservative source said this meant the party was "confident" it had enough votes for the programme to be approved, after May suffered a disastrous setback in snap elections a week ago that saw her lose her majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, just ahead of crucial Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

"There is an irony to being lectured by some about our role in the national government of the United Kingdom when Sinn Fein want to be in government here in the Republic of Ireland", she said.

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Nearly half of voters are not in favour of a Tory-DUP deal to keep Theresa May's Government alive, according to a new poll.

European Union leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking.

The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said it is "right and proper" that her MPs support the Conservative government's first Queen's Speech next Wednesday.

Ministers have already said that the Queen's Speech, scheduled for 19 June, may have to be delayed because of the ongoing talks.

May's government has said its Brexit plans remain the same, and will be pressing for close economic ties but a clear break with the bloc to be able to control immigration and restore sovereignty over British laws.

Asked if it would no longer seek such a veto, Mrs Foster said she would not tie her party down in relation to that matter and discussions about the Petition of Concern system were continuing between the parties.

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