The reception of the agreement in the House of Commons ranged from cold to hostile, and the vote was delayed by more than a month. Prime Minister May has received a motion of no confidence within her own party, but the EU has refused to accept further changes. On the afternoon of 13 June, DUP Chair Arlene Foster, who had travelled to London to negotiate with May, said the talks had gone well and that there were “no outstanding issues” between the two sides.  Following the meeting, Sky News journalists David Blevins and Connor Sephton indicated that Foster had not returned to Belfast as planned but that he chose to remain in London to continue discussions and that a DUP source confirmed that an agreement would be reached “within the next 24 hours”.  On the same day, the British Parliament met again.  However, on 14 June, DUP sources stated that no agreement would be announced that day because it was considered “inappropriate” while the events related to the Grenfell Tower fire, which had begun in the early hours of the morning, were still developing.  The DUP issued a statement saying that the agreement had already been 95 per cent concluded, downplaying speculation that the announcement could be postponed for another week.  On 15 June, the new Speaker of the Conservatives in the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced that the date of the Queen`s Speech had been set for 21 June (two days later than originally planned) and that the speech would continue whether or not the agreement was reached with the DUP;  Brexit talks also began on the scheduled date of 19 June.  Mr Cullinane was reacting to a Financial Times report that UK legislation to come on Wednesday “will remove the legal force of certain parts of the withdrawal agreement” in areas such as state aid and new customs regimes for Northern Ireland. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is northern Ireland`s main unionist party. After the Westminster election in June 2017, she secured a “confidence and supply agreement” to give her a majority in the House of Commons.
On Brexit, however, the DUP has voted three times against Theresa May`s withdrawal deal, as well as Boris Johnson`s updated deal. The DUP has therefore posed its own difficulties. If she had played her cards differently, she could now celebrate how she negotiated to make the most of both worlds of Northern Ireland – the best in the EU and the best in the UK. Instead, she is overplayed and claims imaginary violations of an agreement she tried to stifle when she was born in 1998. When the time comes, we`ll see what their constituents think. But in an interview broadcast on Friday, Arlene Foster said she needed to “recognize the reality” that the agreement was now a law and that it should be part of the process of implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol. The withdrawal agreement provides for a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which time the UK will remain in the internal market, to ensure the smooth flow of trade until a long-term relationship is concluded. If no agreement is reached by then, the UK will leave the single market without a trade deal on 1 January 2021. The withdrawal agreement is closely linked to a non-binding political declaration on future relations between the EU and the UK.