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

Lance Nichols
June 12, 2017

Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a courageous face on the disastrous results of Thursday's vote.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters have converged on London's Parliament Square to protest the agreement amid calls on May to resign and fierce criticism of her move to call for the snap general election. It now holds 318 seats.

Theresa May is to head a minority Conservative government - propped up by the Democratic Unionists - after her General Election gamble backfired disastrously.

Clearly the outcome will have a marked effect on how the government tackles the Brexit negotiations as Theresa May was hoping the election would pave the way for a hard Brexit but as former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable has said "the whole Brexit approach will have to be rethought".

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.

Labour is "ready and able" to form a government, he said on BBC's Marr show.

Former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who May sacked after taking office after the Brexit vote last June, said she was now a "dead woman walking".

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward". He said Labour had denied her a "hard Brexit" mandate.

Earlier, Downing Street issued a statement saying the DUP had agreed to the principles of a proposal to support the Conservatives.

Foster told Sky News her party had had "very good discussions" with the Conservatives on Saturday and these would continue while refusing to say what she will demand from any deal. She sought to deflect pressure onto Corbyn, arguing he had a weak record on security matters.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the United Kingdom has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU - which is considered a gargantuan task.

But until a government emerges in London, it is unclear how the talks can start.

Talks are due to start in just ten days with just two years until the deal must be done. Firstly, the party backs Brexit. There is now likely a majority across the parties in the new House of Commons for a softer Brexit, one that might see Britain remain in the single market.

The Prime Minister has confirmed the Conservative Party will form a partnership with the Democratic Unionist Party. But it is also deeply anxious that splitting from the European Union will mean a return to a hard border across Ireland that could create economic and even political problems. The opposite happened as she lost her majority and undermined her own authority as prime minister.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet with May in London on Tuesday to discuss their arrangement, Sky News reported.

The aides, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, May's co-chiefs of staff, resigned after reports that senior Conservative ministers in the prime minister's Cabinet had warned her that they would challenge her leadership of the party unless she became more inclusive, consulted more widely and fired Hill and Timothy.

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