DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

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12 June, 2017

The Conservatives' losses on Thursday are likely to weaken May's hand in negotiating the U.K's exit from the European Union just before talks on the matter are set to begin later this month.

She said she was confident that the Tories would be able to work together with the Democratic Unionist Party in the "interests of the whole UK". Earlier, Downing Street had said a preliminary agreement had already been secured. The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives.

"I think we will know very shortly".

"There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way".

However, her own party is now divided on the issue of Brexit.

May spent much of the campaign warning a vote for Jeremy Corbyn was a vote for a "coalition of chaos" with Labour governing alongside the SNP and the Lib Dems.

Timothy was widely cited as the main proponent among May's aides for a botched plan for elderly social care that caused a major backlash from Conservative supporters.

"I obviously wanted a different result last night", a grim-faced May acknowledged, promising she would "reflect on what happened".

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity", May said.

Yesterday, early favourite for the leadership Boris Johnson, took to social media saying: "Delighted to be reappointed Foreign Secretary".

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Stepping in to defend the prime minister, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Osborne - who was sacked by May and has since resigned as a lawmaker to edit The London Evening Standard - was "enjoying his job as commentator rather than a player on the pitch".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said when asked about their future.

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.

Among Tory MPs there was fury at the way a 20-point opinion poll lead at the start of the campaign had been thrown away in an election which she did not need to call for another three years.

It's easy to see why these kinds of policies would appeal to young people, and indeed this election saw the intergenerational battle lines more clearly drawn than ever before in British politics.

A deal between the DUP and Conservatives could risk destabilising the political balance in Northern Ireland.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny yesterday expressed concern that a proposed alliance between the Conservatives and the DUP could pose a "challenge" to peace in the province, in a phone call with Mrs May.

MARTIN: But she is talking to a party out in Northern Ireland called the Democratic Unionists in an effort to form a coalition that would allow her to govern. "This is still on", Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne told the BBC.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland", said the MP, who is a lesbian.

May continued to organize her government on Saturday. They said that the Tory party was now engaging with some of the most reactionary and right-wing elements in DUP.


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