>> Are we looking at the real government?>> They may not be the government, but no one can deny the power currently held by Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists. The party's leader's in London on Tuesday to negotiate a deal with Britain's prime minister. Though DUP lawmakers only make up 1.5% of the House of Commons, Theresa May needs their support after losing her majority in last week's general election.
The question is what price they will put on cooperation. Reuters' says first on the list will be funding.>> I think one analyst put it best this morning when they said, effectively, Theresa May would have to set up a direct debit straight into the Northern Ireland conference. I think the main thing you'll see the DUP people want in terms of concessions is funding for Northern Ireland.
That will be in infrastructure projects, into hospitals.>> DUP leader Arlene Foster says one of her aims is to get Northern Ireland's assembly up and running again. The power sharing assembly was established by the Good Friday agreement in 1998, which brought to an end the thirty years of sectarian violence.
But it collapsed in January and has not yet been revived. Critics of the DUP deal say it risks the power sharing agreement and have questioned the Conservative Party's ability to be an independent mediator.>> I think that's understandably been called into question. At the moment, the talks that have resumed to get the assembly back up and running in Northern Ireland are chaired by the British Secretary of State, who is a conservative minister.
And so there are understandable concerns.>> The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. It also wants a, quote, frictionless border with the Republic of Ireland when Britain leaves the EU. And with the Unionist Party holding the keys to power for Theresa May, they are feeling pretty confident about Tuesday's talks.
>> Future's bright.>> Yes.>> Future's