Ireland’s Leo Varadkar meets Britain’s Theresa May over DUP’s support
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he had been reassured by British Prime Minister Theresa May that her plan to form a government with support from a Northern Irish party would not destabilise power in the province.
May, who lost her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election, is seeking backing from the Democratic Unionist Party and its 10 lawmakers to get legislation through parliament, including the bills needed to enact Britain’s divorce from the EU.
Some political leaders in Northern Ireland fear a tie-up between the two could unsettle politics in Britain’s smallest province, where pro-British unionists share power with Irish nationalists following a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.
Varadkar, at a news conference with May in Downing Street, said both the British and Irish governments needed to be impartial actors in relation to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing arrangements, which are currently stalled.
“I was very much reassured by what the prime minister had to say that the agreement, once it’s reached, would be published so it would be there for everyone to see,” he said.
“We spoke about the very important need for both governments to be impartial actors when it comes to Northern Ireland, and also that we …read more