Theresa May's gamble backfires but could form a further right-wing government

Theresa May's gamble backfires but could form a further right-wing government

MP Anna Soubry, a popular Conservative "Remainer", told the BBC's Andrew Neil that May is "set to go in due course" and that her position is "untenable".

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in the election, eight short of an outright majority. In the field, the candidate who came nearest to glowing in victory was Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, whose positive campaign and strength of character came shining through.

Her Downing Street office had announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had been agreed, only for the DUP itself to cast doubt on that account hours later.

The parties can work together through a confidence and supply agreement or a formal coalition deal.

The deal will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday Sky News reports.

The only way May has been able to form a government is to strike a partnership deal with the DUP, a socially conservative party that represents those who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

But the confusion reinforced a sense of chaos at the heart of government just days before Britain starts the complex and fraught negotiations on leaving the European Union.

Concerns over the potential impact on the upcoming Brexit negotiations and May's future as Prime Minister are now being raised, with one minister telling BBC's Laura Kuenssberg it was "hard to see how she could stay after these results". "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister previous year, told the BBC.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling".

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"We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge", Foster told a press conference in Belfast.

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. That's not a matter for me", she said. We need a Brexiteer.

In another sign of the dangers facing Mrs May, Sunday papers reported that Boris Johnson was either being encouraged to make a leadership bid in an effort to oust her, or actually preparing one - a claim dismissed as "tripe" by the Foreign Secretary. The sides have until June 29 to secure a deal, but observers fear any concessions to the DUP by May's Conservatives could complicate the talks, deepening the region's political crisis.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose party boosted its MPs north of the border from one to 13, has urged the UK Government to listen to those who did not vote Tory and pursue "an open Brexit, not a closed one".

And the British government sends money to Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin's northern leader Michelle O'Neill said the new arrangement will "end in tears". We've only just scratched the surface here.

"We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".

Meanwhile, a buoyant Corbyn was insisting he saw a route for Labour to form a government, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament given the electoral arithmetic.

While climate change scepticism is not official party "policy", the DUP has previously appointed a denier as environment minister in N Ireland, and it counts a number of creationists among its senior members.

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