Responding to the news that talks have collapsed in Stormont, Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
"British taxpayer's have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.
"The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland. Their approach to Brexit will lead to further division in Ireland, and undermine the Good Friday Agreement. At the same time their key allies in the Commons, to who they paid a billion pounds, are refusing to show any willingness to compromise over internal matters in Northern Ireland.
"Theresa May needs to take this situation by the scruff of the neck and deal with it."