Northern Ireland's DUP agrees to May's minority government

Northern Ireland's DUP agrees to May's minority government

Northern Ireland's DUP agrees to May's minority government

Downing Street initially said on Saturday that an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement had been reached with the DUP which would be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday.

Far from delivering "strong and stable government", she now leads the United Kingdom in Brexit negotiations from a greatly weakened position having squandered her majority and her authority.

Steve Crowther, who is standing in as Ukip leader following Paul Nuttall's resignation, said an end to freedom of movement must be secured in the Brexit talks.

But, in order to gain a majority of seats in Government after a hung parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May has to make a deal with the anti-gay party.

"And I'm sorry for all those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful, but also for those colleagues who were MPs and ministers and contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and who didn't deserve to lose their seats", she said.

"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", she said.

David Cameron read the public wrong and so too did Mrs May, who thought she would sweep all before her, crushing the divided and fractious Labour Party in the process. The speed at which it came about shows how the events have weakened the prime minister within a few hours of the electoral outcome.

Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a courageous face on the disastrous results of Thursday's vote.

Several Conservative lawmakers have warned that May can not carry on indefinitely, after throwing away a 17-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

"As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what I need to do in the future to take the party forward".

Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, said there was no public appetite for a second election after May's party failed to win a majority in Thursday's vote.

Others noted that the party now is one of the most socially conservative in Europe, having sought to maintain some of the continent's strictest restrictions on abortion and consistently opposed gay marriage.

"I wanted to achieve a larger majority".

The exact contours of a potential Conservative-DUP deal were not yet known.

Joining forces with the hardline unionist Protestant party also threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.

She insisted she would press ahead with Brexit talks, which are to begin in 10 days.

The Defence Secretary dismissed the suggestion that Mrs May had struck an outline agreement with the DUP.

"I will now form a government", May said in a speech outside her official residence at No. 10 Downing Street after meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Reacting to the result, European Council president Donald Tusk said there was now "no time to lose" over Brexit, while the European Parliament's chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said it was an "own goal" and made negotiations more "complicated".

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