United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Prime Minister Theresa May indicated yesterday she will form the next British government with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there is "no time to lose" in starting Brexit talks, after May on March 29 started the two-year countdown to ending Britain's four-decade membership.

Theresa May has said she will form a Conservative government backed by the DUP, claiming it can bring "certainty" to the United Kingdom, reported Independent.After visiting the Queen, the Prime Minister claimed there was a "strong relationship" between the two parties, amid concern over the DUP's controversial anti-abortion and anti-LGBT policies.The PM has also apologised to Conservatives who lost last night. May's Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's vote and need the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's DUP to have a majority.

Ms Womack said: "The Tory-DUP coalition of cruelty is bad news for women".

The opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has 261 seats, the Scottish National Party has 35, and the Liberal Democrats 12.

Newspapers said foreign minister Boris Johnson and other leading party members were weighing leadership challenges.

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May's office announced on Saturday that the DUP had agreed to support her government on the basis of a "confidence and supply" arrangement in parliament, a development that is due to be discussed in her cabinet on Monday.

A confidence and supply deal falls short of a full coalition arrangement, but it means May would have enough votes to carry major issues in the Commons.

Her Conservatives offered a "strong and stable" government.

Northern Ireland is the last part of the British Isles where gay marriage is prohibited, and keeping it that way is a DUP "red line" for any power-sharing deal.

"May fights to remain PM", headlined the Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph headlined, while the Daily Mail said: "Tories turn on Theresa".

But the Tories are left with few options after failing to reach a majority in Thursday's election.

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Labour gained 30 seats to win 262, with 40 percent of the vote compared to 42.4 percent for May.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, meanwhile, fell on his sword after just six months in the job, after slumping to a distant third place in Skegness & Boston on a woeful night for the Eurosceptic party, which shed swathes of voters to Labour and Conservatives.

A number of demonstrations on the British mainland are already being planned to protest at the proposed link between the Conservatives and the DUP. On the other hand, pro-Europe Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she wanted to be involved in "looking again" at Britain's aims for Brexit.

Ms Davidson, who is gay, spoke out after Theresa May outlined a plan to seek a deal with the socially hardline party, which has ten seats in the Commons, to prop up her minority administration.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru gained one seat, taking their total to four.

"At such a critical time, the prime minister must be clear with the people about the deal she has stitched up with the DUP behind closed doors".

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