DUP agrees to principles of 'confidence and supply' deal with Tories

Lucy Bush
June 13, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks watched by her husband Philip in 10 Downing street, London, as she addresses the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where she asked to form a 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".

Founded in the seventies by the late Ian Paisley, the DUP won 10 seats in the general election while Theresa May was eight seats short of a majority.

Meanwhile the main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he stands ready to lead the country and that a new general election could be held within months.

"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", May said.

Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.

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That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

The Conservative Party members, each and everyone, must pledge their full support to Theresa, and her negotiating team, to attain the best possible deal for Britain.

Another allegation which has been bubbling but which has not yet exploded is the disappearance of many files on paedophilia in the House of Commons, gathered since the 1970s, which allegedly disappeared from the Home Office (Interior Ministry) under her nose and on her watch.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne pulled no punches in his assessment of May's chances of survival as the conservative leader, though this may have been payback for his unceremonious dismissal from her cabinet a year ago.

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

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". But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union. "Let's get on with the job".

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Fallon said the government wanted a "new partnership with Europe that is careful about the trade we already do with Europe, that comes to some agreement on the immigration that we can accept from Europe".

Several newspapers said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being urged by supporters to launch a leadership challenge, but he dismissed the reports as "tripe" in a tweet saying he was backing May. 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.

In 2010, the Conservatives formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, the first formal coalition since Winston Churchill's government during World War II.

In an indication of the unease within the party about the link-up with the DUP, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said she had demanded a "categoric assurance" from the Prime Minister that gay rights would not be affected by a deal.

On social welfare, the DUP is opposed to some Conservative policies that would reduce pensions, for example.

Sinn Féin's northern leader Michelle O'Neill said the new arrangement will "end in tears".

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