Theresa May to form a Government with DUP Alliance

Theresa May to form a Government with DUP Alliance

The Prime Minister has been forced to seek a "confidence and supply" deal with the DUP after losing her majority in a snap election that spectacularly backfired.

With all but one of 650 seats declared, the centre-right party had the most votes and the most seats but lost its majority in the House of Commons. Some members of Parliament in May's Tory party and the rival Labour Party favor a softer Brexit, in which the United Kingdom might maintain a much closer relationship with the EU.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons", she said.

"If. the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do", a grim-faced May said after winning her own parliamentary seat of Maidenhead, near London.

May's office said on Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached but the two sides later clarified that they were still talking.

The DUP has refused to give details in public of what concessions it might seek, and did not respond to a request for comment.

Instead, she has left Britain's position in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start June 19.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans, adding: "Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed".

"I think its quite possible there'll be an election later this year or early next year, and that might be a good thing, because we can not go on with a period of great instability", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling".

European Union leaders expressed fears that May's shock loss of her majority would delay the Brexit talks, due to begin on June 19, and so raise the risk of negotiations failing.

But Soubry said May's time in the top job would be limited. "I think we need to wait and see,". I'm not going to appoint the shadow cabinet here on the programme... "That's what we will deliver. now let's get to work".

While the to-and-fro between Downing Street and the DUP was unfolding, several British newspapers were reporting that some prominent Conservatives, including foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, were being urged by supporters to challenge May for the party leadership.

"This is flawless territory for the DUP obviously because if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority, it puts us in a very, very strong negotiating position and it is one we would take up with relish", DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC, according to a report in the Irish Times.

"The big picture is that political uncertainty could take weeks or months to be resolved and it is likely to weigh on both financial markets (in particular the pound) and the economy", said Paul Hollingsworth, economist at Capital Economics in London.

The DUP is strongly opposed to single-sex marriage and abortion, at odds with Conservative policies.

"We want there to be a government".

"He's in a permanent leadership campaign so I am not sure it qualifies as news", he said. "Politicians must act responsibly, putting the interests of the country first and showing the world that the United Kingdom remains a safe destination for business".

Merkel and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, after all, increasingly define themselves in their opposition to the far right in general and US President Donald Trump in particular.

Meanwhile, a buoyant Corbyn was insisting he saw a route for Labour to form a government, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament given the electoral arithmetic.

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