Doubts over Theresa May's grip on power as DUP deal talks continue

May called the snap election confident her Conservative Party would increase its majority and strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks.

May has managed to strike a deal to prop up her minority government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office says the Democratic Unionist Party has agreed principles to support her Conservative minority government.

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in the election, eight short of an outright majority.

Brexit negotiations were expected to begin in about 10 days, but several officials cast doubt whether the discussions would start on time given the political drama.

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced on Saturday that they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party. Their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers.

British voters spent Friday frantically Googling the name of a small Northern Irish party whose 10 seats hold the balance of power in Parliament.

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.


Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party retained just 35 of the 56 seats it secured two years ago and lost its Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, and former first minister Alex Salmond.

Foster did not elaborate on the DUP's wish list of concessions but it will likely try to extract more money from the central government for public services in Northern Ireland. The party, for example, does not believe in gay marriage, is anti-abortion, and is sceptical about climate change. May told reporters that she had "wanted to achieve a larger majority but that was not the result".

"For instance, if London were to stay in the customs union, then it would not have to renegotiate all trade agreements", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper. The correct figures are 42.4 and 40 percent, respectively.

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"Instead of peace we have confrontation by other means", he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and talks should start quickly.

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs".

Mr Kenny also told Mrs May that there should be an early meeting between her and taoiseach-in-waiting Leo Varadkar.


"Now, the prime minister has no authority and the Conservatives have no mandate", he said in a video message posted to Twitter on Friday.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

And Paisley once declared the country-western style of dancing as "sinful".

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

If the DUP were themselves part of the government, the neutral role of the United Kingdom government would be compromised. The eurosceptic wing of the party has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party would be entering talks with the Conservatives to explore "how it may it be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".



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