Naomi Long fears for the future of Stormont
Talks to rescue devolved government in Northern Ireland could be in "real danger" in the wake of the election, it has been claimed.
Alliance leader Naomi Long voiced concerns after the DUP confirmed it would enter discussions with the Conservatives on working together.
Mrs Long questioned the sustainability of a link-up - and the impact it could have on negotiations which are due to resume aimed at saving Stormont.
She also questioned whether the next UK Government could act as an independent chair.
"This arrangement, if it happens, appears to have been made along a very fine margin and I would not be surprised if it struggled to last any length of time," she said.
"It has also made the possibility of successful talks more remote - there is now no credibility for the Tory government to be an independent chair, putting the entire process in real danger of collapsing."