Restoring powersharing the priority as Brexit talks begin, says Irish minister

A Conservative source said: "Talks are ongoing with the DUP and we continue to work towards a confidence and supply arrangement".

Ms May said she was steadfastly committed to the Good Friday Agreement and wanted to see a "close and special partnership" with the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit.

And this morning Cabinet minister Chris Grayling says the Tories have plenty of time to get the DUP's support, with the vote on the Queens' Speech not until next week.

The DUP has said problems have arisen in its discussions with the Tories over the Northern Irish party's 10 MPs supporting a minority Conservative government.

He has said the Conservatives should be able to govern anyway with the DUP's tacit support.

After talks with Irish premier Leo Varadkar, Mrs May insisted any deal with the DUP would not damage the Northern Irish peace process.

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"The fact is that over 80 per cent of the electorate backed the two major parties, both of whom campaigned on manifestos that said we should honour the democratic decision of the British people. If we needed any reminder of the urgency of having powersharing institutions in Stormont, it is the coincidence of the Brexit negotiations beginning in Brussels today".

"The negotiations haven't proceeded in a way that DUP would have expected", the source also told Sky News.

Party sources warned that the DUP "can't be taken for granted" and urged ministers to put "greater focus" on the talks to secure a majority.

The uncertainty surrounding the Prime Minister's grip on power continued as Philip Hammond was set to deliver a keynote Mansion House address on the economy and Brexit on Tuesday.

On Friday, DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was "right and proper" that her party would vote for May's legislative agenda, known as the Queen's Speech.

The Prime Minister also said both Britain and Ireland want the "reciprocal rights that our citizens enjoy in both countries to continue, including the rights under the Belfast Agreement".

"Theresa May has no mandate for the direction she is taking the country".

During previous talks processes, the smaller parties have claimed they have been marginalised.