Britain: May to form government with DUP

A poster in Manchester England

A poster in Manchester England

If the Tories cling on to power, the Brexit hardliners could still hold the balance of power under May or her successor, reducing the room to make concessions and risking a breakdown in the negotiations that ends with Britain crashing out of the bloc. "There's a whole range of issues like that where we think there'll be a majority in Parliament".

Several members of parliament also demanded the resignation of May's top advisers, who have been widely blamed for a disastrous policy to make the elderly pay more towards their care and a campaign seen as too insulated from ordinary voters and too focused on attacking her opponent. But Johnson said he backed May. And Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pledged during the election not to go into coalition with either the Tories or Labour.

May's new chief of staff will be Gavin Barwell, a former MP who was ousted from his south London constituency as a result of Labour's unexpectedly strong showing in the election.

The Conservative lawmaker who lost his seat on Thursday and has experience working as a party enforcer in parliament. "Absolutely", 68-year-old Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror, still not giving up his dream of becoming the next British Prime Minister. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

After an initial round of discussions, Downing Street had said on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed with the DUP.

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex. It aligns London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is suspended.

Politicians and citizens expressed concerns over the DUP's stance on various issues - it is anti-abortion, has railed against LGBT rights, and previously appointed a climate change denier as environment minister in Northern Ireland.

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while The Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips". "I mean, I hate what they do".

The pound on Friday fell 1.7 percent against the United States dollar GBP= and 1.4 percent against the euro EURGBP=. She confirmed this to German leader Angela Merkel in a phone call on Saturday. Earlier, Downing Street had said a preliminary agreement had already been secured.

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The party were expecting losses in seats prior to the vote and as the exit poll came in, it suggested that it'd actually gone the other way - that the party would increase their share of seats. It was as if she'd had a landslide and then finished by saying "Back to work". And recent polling shows Labour's popular momentum appears to be maintaining.

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for". She was wooden and uncharismatic, changing positions regularly.

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

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

Those "miscalculations" were ex-Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to call a referendum on leaving the European Union, and May's snap vote.

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister.

Mr Corbyn believes that without an outright majority Mrs May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech and table a "substantial amendment" in an attempt to bring down her administration.

She has said she favours retaining the greatest possible level of access to Europe's single market. She has signed a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which will allow her to establish a minority government.

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