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

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth II to obtain permission to form a minority government with the DUP's support after her Conservative Party lost her parliamentary majority in the general election.

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

Since then a team of senior Tories, led by chief whip Gavin Williamson, is said to have flown to Belfast for negotiations with the DUP, and it has emerged that the prospect of a formal coalition is on the table.

Theresa May will continue as prime minister with the help of the DUP, who have faced criticism over anti-LGBT and anti-abortion beliefs, and who won 10 seats this week.

This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats.

Ireland's prime minister-elect Leo Varadkar said the election result was an opportunity for Ireland.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it.

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.

"It was a disaster", he said.

May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the EU.

The Brexit negotiations are slated to begin on June 19. "May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

After UK Election, The Only 'Certainty' In Britain Is Uncertainty
Prime Minister's key advisers have resigned following her Conservative party's performance in Thursday's election. May fell short of the eight seats needed and will now have to rely on the DUP's 10 MPs to pass legislation.

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

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".

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy. People in the party voted against same sex marriage.

Founded by the Reverend Ian Paisley, the DUP has its roots in the protestant tradition in Northern Ireland.

Concessions on such issues would seriously damage efforts by the DUP to secure a deal with Sinn Fein to restore Northern Ireland's devolved government, which collapsed in January.

Ruth Davidson, out-lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservative Party warned May to keep the DUP in line. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

Under the terms of the power-sharing deal if a unionist is First Minister, a nationalist must serve as Deputy First Minister.

Organisers from Stand Up To Racism and the Stop The War Coalition spoke to the crowd, who cheered at the mention of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's name.

Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on.

CGTN's Dan Williams reports on a dramatic day in London.

At a press conference today, DUP leader Arlene Foster was vague about a working relationship with May's Conservatives.

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