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Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Many within the Conservative Party now believe it is time for her to go and time for the party to choose a new leader. It demonstrates the closure in the gap between men and women in British politics, and for some, a development that will represent a firm belief in the minds of people that any failure of Prime Minister Theresa May should not in any way be construed as a weakness of gender.

Ms Davidson, who is gay, spoke out after Theresa May outlined a plan to seek a deal with the socially hardline party, which has 10 seats in the Commons, to prop up her minority administration. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.

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.

But there was a degree of truth in her assertion that the Government negotiating Brexit needed to be "strong and stable".

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.

May's Conservative Party won 319 seats in the House of Commons, the UK's lower chamber of parliament, landing seven seats short of a majority. She has not yet made a public commitment to joining a formal coalition which could see DUP MPs having roles in the government.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has refused to give premature promises, noting that she has always found it quite hard to work with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Northern Ireland is one of the more depressed parts of the British economy.

The Prime Minister can authorise the civil service to provide support in negotiations, as they did in 2010.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed.

There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.

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"There has been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday", Foster said. It's also unclear how May will now be viewed by the U.S. president, notorious for not wanting to associate with those who look weak.

"We have a situation in Northern Ireland right now where there has been a political crisis where the Government is the mediator between the DUP and Sinn Fein".

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

German EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has turned the timetable screws even more on Britain, saying negotiations on its exit from the European Union must actually be finished by October next year, instead of March 2019, to allow the 27 remaining nations to approve the deal. May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.

The Prime Minister's former communications chief Katie Perrior, who left Downing Street when the election was called, hit out at the two aides' "rude, abusive, childish behaviour".

May's first task will be a reshuffle of her ministry, as the party lost eight ministers in the election including one cabinet minister. "I think we'll know very shortly. In my view it may well just be a period of transition", she told LBC radio.

In a measure of the desperation in Conservative ranks, Brady, who is chairman of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, suggested the party could end up relying on support from pro-Brexit opposition members of parliament.

"We will of course act in the in the national interest and do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom", she said. And if so, what would they want?

After speculation the PM would use a solid win to move Philip Hammond from the Treasury, he and other potential successors as Tory leader, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, remained in place. We need a Brexiteer.

So I think given the fact that Theresa May no longer has a majority and that her hard Brexit was rejected by the voters, I think things are going to get a lot more complicated in this Parliament.

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