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UK defense minister Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed

12 Juin 2017

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said Ireland was keen for Brexit talks to start and to ensure the process of Britain leaving the European Union did not have an adverse impact on Northern Ireland's fragile peace process. 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.

If neither party can command a majority in parliament for their Queen's Speech, it is likely a fresh election would be called.

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced on Saturday that they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a personal blow. Their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers.

A stream of senior lawmakers entered her office at 10 Downing St. on Sunday afternoon, to learn what roles they had been given in government.

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

- Help from Ulster party?

May's room for maneuver has been eroded by the election drubbing which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament, and she has kept many ministers in their jobs.

Closer Ties With the EU?

Former party leaders have warned any immediate leadership challenge would be too disruptive, but most commentators believe May can not survive in the long-term. Having a sway in the new government means that the DUP have now been given a vital opportunity to shape Brexit and also take the credit as working in the best interests for Northern Ireland.

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.

MARTIN: But she is talking to a party out in Northern Ireland called the Democratic Unionists in an effort to form a coalition that would allow her to govern.

Mr Corbyn added that his party is "ready to fight another election campaign" after making unexpected gains last week.

The talks were in line with Mrs Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

She also confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations "as planned in the next couple of weeks", reassuring European Union leaders who had expressed doubts after May's electoral losses. Particularly amongst Sinn Féin, the Brexit result signalled a need for a border poll on Irish unity.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. The DUP is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and once appointed an environment minister who believes human-driven climate change is a myth.

Stormy clouds surround Big Ben in Westminster, central London, Britain, June 9.

A buoyant Jeremy Corbyn, however, said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror: "I can still be Prime Minister".

Most importantly, such thinking is again finding its voice in the Conservative party.

"I am backing Theresa May".

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".

Instead of a projected landslide in her favour, May ended up throwing away the small majority that the former David Cameron-led party had won in the 2015 general election.

Osborne used the front page of his newspaper to predict "Corbyn Chaos" — and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson repeatedly ridiculed Corbyn in the campaign's waning moments.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

UK defense minister Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed