UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

The DUP retweeted a Sky News tweet which read that Sky sources said Downing Street had issued the wrong statement in error. "The prime minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP which would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", said the spokeswoman.

While DUP opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, its focus in Westminster may be more on issues specific to Northern Ireland.

The best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel the Labour party into power under Jeremy Corbyn, who supports renationalisation of key industries and higher taxes for business and top earners.

"It is quite possible there will 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.

May's only hope of forming a government now is to win support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats.

"We are going to put down a substantial amendment to the Queen's Speech which will put forward the points in our manifesto", said Corbyn.

A "soft" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom gets to stay in the single market and European Union citizens can remain in the United Kingdom, now seems more likely but that will require a great deal of horse-trading. "I'm sure many of them will want to vote for government measures needed to execute our departure from the European Union".

He told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

But for now, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says reports of a plot to remove May herself is "tripe".

Mr Osborne, who was sacked by Mrs May and now is editor of the London Evening Standard, said there was now no majority in the Commons for a "hard Brexit".

Katie Perrior, who quit as May's communications chief in April, said Timothy and Hill were "great street fighters but poor political leaders" and exercised too much power over the prime minister.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a good campaigner
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a good campaigner

Front and center among many questions facing May's new government is the matter of Brexit.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

In a hint at the approach she wanted, she said: "It is about making sure that we put free trade at the heart of what it is we seek to achieve as we leave". Conservative MPs are publicly airing their anger, some calling for her ouster and others demanding radical change in her style of leadership.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has telephoned the Prime Minister and demanded assurances that she is not planning to ditch Tory commitments to gay rights in return for DUP votes in the Commons.

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

Pressure is now also coming from the public.

However, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on the Andrew Marr show he believed the Conservative Party and the DUP will be able to hold together in government.

"I think there is concern about the policies of the DUP, the domestic policies in Northern Ireland, but I think it's pretty clear that any arrangement that is reached is not going to be a full coalition", he told BBC Radio 4.

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.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would "fight tooth and nail" to keep Mrs May in post, and dismissed suggestions he might be a contender to replace her.

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