Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

I was wrong. Across the country there was a collective gasp on Thursday night as a hung parliament was projected.

So far 341,053 people have signed the petition which also calls for Theresa May to resign after she failed to win a parliamentary majority.

Then, after midnight, Downing Street responded, saying: "The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week".

"The DUP need a deal because they are absolutely committed not to have a hard border with the Republic of Ireland", he told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country as her husband looks on after Britain's election at Downing Street in London. The Democratic Unionist Party won 10 seats. "I would think that's enough to go, actually".

Members of May's own party were also scathing.

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"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.

A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May.

The Conservatives and the DUP, a socially conservative party that backed Brexit, are expected to work together on a vote-by-vote basis rather than enter a formal alliance. London newspapers said May's gamble in calling a snap election had backfired.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed she received "categoric assurance" that Theresa May will press the DUP on their strong anti-LGBT record. Previously, she said she wanted to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union in order to cut immigration.

European Council President Donald Tusk warned there was "no time to lose" in starting the negotiations, with the two-year countdown to Britain s exit from the European bloc already well underway. He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year.

This marked an apparent reversal of plans to turf out those considered less than loyal - a sign of her weakened stature in a party that traditionally craves strong leaders.

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Allen said she couldn't see May hanging on for "more than six months".

The 27-year-old said: "May's mandate has gone, that's probably the best news and Labour is gaining - that is the best news as well". That is short of the 326 needed for an overall majority -- and 12 fewer than when May called the election.

May has been pressing for a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would include leaving the EU's massive collective market and no longer allowing European Union citizens to live and work freely in the United Kingdom. Instead, the economy, the fate of the National Health Service, and security have been at the forefront - the latter in particular amid ISIS-claimed terror attacks in Manchester and London, which each prompted a halt in campaigning.

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward".

But despite Brexit's relative absence from the debate, it may have been the defining issue in voters' minds, a year after the seismic referendum vote to leave the EU.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start", Tusk tweeted. Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.

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May confirmed she meant to start talks with the Europeans on June 19 as planned, promising to "get to work". Despite May's insistence that the negotiations will proceed as planned, European officials are not convinced.

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