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DUP agrees principles to back UK Conservatives

DUP agrees principles to back UK Conservatives”

Some EU officials and members of the European Parliament took aim at British Prime Minister Theresa May - who called the UK's snap election in an attempt to strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks - and the wider Conservative Party.

Thursday's General Election saw the Conservatives win only 318 seats, eight shy of winning an overall majority.

Late Saturday both Downing Street and the DUP issued statements saying talks over a deal to prop up the government would resume next week, amid concern among more liberal Conservatives about May hitching her wagon to the right-wing Northern Irish party.

"She is now reliant on the DUP and absolute loyalty from the Conservative party - loyalty that was not given to her over the Budget". The party's leader Paul Nuttall has stepped down.

Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who will oversee the process as chair of European Union national leaders' summits, also stressed there was "no time to lose" and a need for London and Brussels to cooperate to minimise disruption for people, businesses and governments across Europe when Britain walks out in 22 months.

Katie Perrior, who was until recently the prime minister's director of communications, also implied that May was out of her depth after being elevated from home secretary to prime minister last July.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland", said the MP, who is a lesbian. "We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", she said in comments reported by Sky News. Colleagues who I have worked with, colleagues who have contributed much to our country and I felt that they did not deserve to lose their seats.

If May does move out of 10 Downing Street, it would be the second time in the past year that Britain has been left leaderless after a Tory prime minister gambled and lost in calling a national vote. But the result has robbed her party of its majority.

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The DUP holds just 10 seats in the British parliament but this would be enough to give May's Conservatives a working majority. "The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalizing a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week".

Meanwhile, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that talks were ongoing, indicating it may not be such a smooth process after all.

Hogan said another British election might be needed to give a government a mandate to make the hard decisions required to secure a Brexit deal, as May was "very damaged" as a result of the poll. "That's what we will deliver. now let's get to work".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said.

In a pointed Twitter post linking to a speech describing the legalization of same-sex marriage as life-changing, openly gay Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson reminded the potential new partners of the government that she was a "Protestant Unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic". But Johnson reacted to media speculation on Twitter by dismissing any rebellion: "I am backing Theresa May".

But despite May's dire result, her message did resonate with some Brexiteers in Wakefield who wavered from the Labour party.

With Britain facing a hung parliament, Mrs May pledged to offer "stability" if the Tories end up as the largest party with the most votes, as expected.



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