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Ireland's 1st Indian-origin PM meets Theresa May

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaks outside 10 Downing Street, following the attack at Finsury Park Mosque, in central London, Britain June 19, 2017.

Theresa May has said she is "getting on with the job" amid continued questions over her future as Prime Minister.

Varadkar, at a news conference with May in Downing Street, said both the British and Irish governments needed to be impartial actors in relation to Northern Ireland's power-sharing arrangements, which are now stalled.

"Everyone in Ireland knows someone, a friend or a relative, who lives in London".

May also expressed the hope that Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) would not impact relations with EU-member country Ireland.

"That's what she's committed to, it's what we all want to see happen, it's really important for our country that that's what happens".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is leading the country through "incredibly challenging times", her spokeswoman said on Monday when asked about media speculation that May might face a challenge from within her Conservative Party.

Some political leaders in Northern Ireland fear a tie-up between the two could unsettle politics in Britain's smallest province, where pro-British unionists share power with Irish nationalists following a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.

May lost her parliamentary majority in a snap election she called on June 8, and she will need the support of the DUP to pass laws.

There has been political uncertainty in the United Kingdom as some media reports claimed that May has "10 days to save her job" as some of her party lawmakers are secretly plotting her ouster.

Mrs May stressed the importance of Brexit negotiations as she was quizzed about ongoing pressure over her leadership following a disastrous election and criticism of her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.



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