Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said today that the British government’s attempt to get the DUP to shore up Theresa May’s administration was making it increasingly difficult to get a resolution in the talks at Stormont.
Raymond McCartney said:
“The British government set Thursday 29th June as a statutory deadline to the talks.
“Then they arrested any potential progress by calling an election in the self interest of the Tory Party.
“Since that initiative dramatically backfired they have engaged in negotiations for the past two weeks with the DUP.
“Media speculation suggests the conclusion to this will not be revealed until Thursday 29th June.
“Yesterday the two governments said that the actual deadline for the talks is Tuesday June 27th.
“The British government is content to go through the motions at Stormont but their main focus is elsewhere.
“Given the lack of progress in the Stormont Talks and the lack of knowledge about the impact of any Tory/DUP deal on our public services, on agreements and on the political institutions, Sinn Féin is concerned that time is running out.”