Theresa May: ‘While some differences remain, I believe it is possible to see the basis of an agreement.’ Yeah, right. That’s the best she has managed after more than a year. [Image: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.]

How utterly ridiculous.

The DUP has scuppered a restored power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland because its members don’t like the idea of giving Gaelic – the Irish language – parity with English.

What’s the matter with them?

Welsh has parity with English here in – guess where? – Wales, and it hasn’t led to any erosion of the Union.

It’s just a dumb excuse to cause trouble.

And these are the people Theresa May needs to appease, in order to stay in government.

It isn’t worth it. The risk in Northern Ireland is too great, let alone the damage being done to the infrastructure and the people of the UK as a whole.

Mrs May should have accepted the inevitable last June.

Soon, it won’t matter how much rosy spin she puts on her bad news. Everybody will know that she is the bad news.

She should quit now.

Theresa May has left Northern Ireland without a deal that would have seen the restoration of power-sharing government in the region.

The prime minister and the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, had travelled to Belfast on Monday hoping that the main parties represented in the Stormont assembly would reach a compromise ending 13 months of political deadlock.

But for the second time in less than a year the Democratic Unionist party kept May waiting.

Source: May fails to reach deal to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing | UK news | The Guardian

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