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Britain: May to form government with DUP

11 Juin 2017

Her views could not be further from those of the DUP, which opposes same-sex marriage and supports of the "traditional" definition of marriage.

Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, stunned diplomats past year when he was appointed Britain's foreign affairs chief.

Her office said later that the key finance, foreign, Brexit, interior and defence ministers would remain unchanged.

It's unclear what Theresa May's next move will be, but pundits are suggesting she will likely strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, who now hold 10 seats.

Speaking to the BBC on Friday morning, Mr Corbyn said: "We are ready to serve this country. If she has an ounce of self-respect, she will resign", said Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, while Conservative M.P. and former minister Anna Soubry said May "is in a very hard place... she now has to obviously consider her position". When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election, seven weeks ago, the Conservative party had a huge lead in the polls. Furthermore, the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London have drawn attention to Theresa May's record as Home Secretary, in particular her overseeing of significant cuts to police numbers.

Britain has been plunged into political chaos after a shock result in Thursday's general election that saw the ruling Conservative Party's majority wiped out. Instead, she'd arrived at 4am to no salute - a forlorn return to London from her consistency of Maidstone.

Following the referendum Corbyn's newly energised Labour Party officially backs Brexit but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach. But the firestorm of criticism continued unabated early Saturday after May announced she would keep her ministerial team unchanged and planned to stay in power with the aid of a small Northern Irish party.

"I will now form a government", May said in a speech outside her official residence at No. 10 Downing Street after meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

"As we're the party that won the most seats and most votes we are the only party in a position to form a government", Mrs May said.

The Conservatives have formed a minority government at Westminster which will function with the promised support of the DUP's ten MPs. We should remember this was, as you said at the beginning, a snap election.

European Council President Donald Tusk also warned there was "no time to lose" in starting the negotiations. May expected to increase the number of her Conservative Party's seats in the parliament in order to avoid additional problems during the talks.

The DUP, which Mrs May referred to as her "friends", was non-committal in its initial remarks. "As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".

As a result, the Conservative Party, which held 330 seats in the previous House of Commons, got 318 seats, the Labour Party got 262 seats, the Scottish National Party got 35 seats, and the Liberal Democrats 12 seats.

"That would prevent another election, because I think people have had enough of elections".

"We want there to be a government".

"The British need to negotiate their exit but with a weak negotiating partner, there is a danger that the talks are bad for both parties", he told German radio.

There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. But one issue is that the Brexit talks are due to start on the 19th of this month.

May's predecessor David Cameron sought to silence eurosceptic fellow Conservatives by calling the referendum on European Union membership, expecting Britons to vote to remain.

Another interesting statistic worthy of study is that the voters of the United Kingdom have delivered the most diverse Parliament by bringing on board 10 new ethnic minority MPs, taking the parliamentary total of non-white politicians to 51.

Britain: May to form government with DUP