Northern Ireland politics hits PM May's coalition talks

Northern Ireland's political parties are reopening talks aimed at restoring devolution to the region.

Speaking outside of Number 10, Downing Street, Adams revealed that he and his party colleagues told Theresa May very directly that she would be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement.

"As long as progressive social policies are not imposed by a British government on the Northern Ireland Assembly, the DUP are not interested in changing such policies in Britain itself", Mr McCartan reckoned.

In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

Jones said the protest was being held to "oppose a Tory alliance with the homophobic, climate-change denier, anti-choice DUP", and to "stop a coalition of chaos" taking power. Other politicians have voiced their concern as well.

"We don't believe that any deal between the DUP here and the English Tories will be good for the people here", Mr Adams said.

Ahead of the latest deadline to get Stormont back running, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said the absence of devolved government in the North "deprives us of our rightful voice at the Brexit table".

Northern Ireland has been without a powersharing Executive since March and without a First and Deputy First Minister since January.

Prompted by her poor election showing, particularly among pro-EU young people who fear losses of jobs and opportunity from Brexit, some of her most senior ministers and two former Conservative prime ministers have called for a rethink.

"The peace process, which was very hard earned over very many years by a lot of people, people shouldn't regard it as a given. It's not certain, it's under stress, it's fragile".

"The last thing anybody wishes to see is one or other of the communities so aggrieved that the hard men, who are still there lurking in the corners of the community, decide that they wish to return to some form of violence".

Given the high volume of fresh produce trade between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the free movement of goods and workers between the two countries is an important issue for companies on both sides of the border.

Arlene Foster, the head of the DUP, has warned that if Sinn Fein did not make the compromises needed for the power-sharing process to succeed, London would make Belfast's decisions for it.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said previous year that advocates of same-sex marriage were likely to send her "in the opposite direction", while Ian Paisley Jr, the son of DUP founder Ian Paisley, has called homosexuality "immoral, offensive and obnoxious".

"We have got two weeks with a lot of the distractions out of the way and getting into the detail I think it is clear the main obstacles are not insurmountable", she said.