British PM Now Says DUP Talks Ongoing, No Support Deal Yet

The prime minister maintained that the Brexit talks would begin as planned next week, but with her party's loss of 13 seats and its parliamentary majority, May will rely on the support of the DUP vote by vote.

With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May's ruling party has 318 seats, eight seats short of a majority, while the opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn has 261 seats.

DUP and May's party share cordial relations since she became prime minister 11 months ago and are likely to enter into an agreement so as to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

"Theresa May fighting to stay in Downing St as senior Tories ponder leadership challenge", the staunchly Conservative Daily Telegraph headlined, using the party's nickname.

Nonetheless, it seems it is ironic that Theresa May actually called for this election for a stronger government in the first instance, but she now says that she is ready to form a minority government after the Tories lost 12 deputies compared to the previous election.

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", she told LBC radio.

Not only has the party's representation in the Lower House shrunk but its share of the popular vote has also fallen. Whereas Labour was more successful among Remainers than Brexiteers, the percentage of both Remain and Leave voters who said that they would opt for Labour increased nearly consistently as the campaign went on.

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. There are 70 SNP, Lib Dem or Tory seats with majorities of less than 4,000.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she had spoken with Conservative leader May and would start talks on propping up the party, declaring that keeping Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom would be "our guiding star". "We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond", the final statement said.

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Apart from Gove and her close ally Damian Green, promoted to Cabinet Office minister to oversee the day-to-day running of the government, May confirmed most of the ministers from her previous cabinet.

The last count of the election saw Labour overturn a 7,000 majority in Kensington, London, where Emma Dent Coad saw off Tory incumbent Victoria Borwick by just 20 votes after a third recount.

Earlier however, senior DUP figures made clear they were looking at a "confidence and supply" arrangement - in which they would back the Government on the budget and in any vote of confidence - rather than a more formal pact or coalition.

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.

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

"We need to fall behind the Prime Minister and work as best we can".

"I just thought what a rubbish campaign that Theresa May ran, quite honestly, I really did".

AFP news agency reported a few hundred protesters stood outside Downing Street chanting, "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".

  • Megan Austin