>> Are we looking at the real government?>> They might not be the government, but no one can deny the power currently held by Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists. The party's leaders in London on Tuesday to negotiate a deal with Britain's Prime Minster. But Theresa May later left Downing Street without announcing a deal.
]>> After the talks, DUP Leader Arlene Foster tweeted, they are going well and that she hopes for a successful conclusion soon. 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. Reuter's Calpin says first on the list will be funding.>> I think one analyst put it best this morning when they said, effectively Theresa May will have to set up a direct debit straight into the Northern Ireland coffers.
I think the main thing you'll see the DUP will want in terms of concessions is funding for Northern Ireland. That'd be in infrastructure projects and hospitals.>> 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 30 years of sectarian violence.
But it collapsed in January and has not yet been revived. Critics of the DUPD will say it risks the power sharing agreement and have questioned the conservative party's ability to be an independent mediator.>> I think that's resoundingly had been called into question. At the moment, the talks have resumed to get the assembly back up and rolling 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 is bright.>> Yes.>> Future's awesome.>> That's right.