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May to forge 'government of certainty' with DUP backing

13 Juin 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was clinging to power by her fingernails on Sunday after losing her parliamentary majority in last Thursday's election, as an agreement with the minority Democratic Unionist Party that would keep the Conservatives in power was still not finalized.

May has shown little public contrition for her gamble that backfired but was forced to accept the resignations of her two closest aides - reportedly a requirement by cabinet colleagues for allowing her to stay in office. To hear more about all this, we called Roger Scully once again.

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said it was not even clear whether May will now lead those negotiations, which. I reached him via Skype.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted on Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put [the Good Friday Agreement] at risk".

"I disagree with numerous DUP's views on social policy", said Mr Seely. Their core, central message was strong and stable leadership. Meanwhile, the Labour Party started the campaign looking as if it was maybe facing some sort of existential disaster.

The pair formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform. She will "reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward" after the result, she added.The UK voted for a hung parliament after shock losses for the Conservatives in the 2017 general election.

Corbyn was among those who called for May to resign after the results were announced. She was misled by her advisors who are now gone. "I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News. Theresa May did not have to call this election. That would give May and the Conservatives a working majority.

Theresa May was set to name the rest of her top team today after a humiliating showing in the general election left her authority as Prime Minister weakened. Will the Democratic Unionists get something for their pains? Who are these people, and how likely is she to be able to form a government with their backing? The Conservatives sought, as they have done this time, a 'who governs Britain?' mandate. 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 Scottish National Party (SNP) lost 21 seats, mainly to the Conservatives, including its two Westminster seats held by Angus Robertson and Alex Salmond.

The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles". "There is now no credibility for the Tory government to be an independent chair, putting the entire process in real danger of collapsing".

Given that Britain has already triggered the formal divorce talks, it is unclear what mechanism could be used to delay the negotiations. We've only just scratched the surface here. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take".

"As a Brexiteer who believes in it with all his heart and soul, my fear is that Corbyn forms a coalition with the SNP and a few Lib Dems and we look down the barrels of a second referendum in a few years time", Farage said.

May to forge 'government of certainty' with DUP backing