Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Posted June 11, 2017

London, Jun 10 A petition against British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party garnered almost 600,000 signatures today as concern grew over her plan to govern with their support.

Instead, voters stripped the Conservatives of their parliamentary majority. But Johnson said he backed May.

The change was unlikely to significantly quell unrest within the party. "When we didn't know her she appeared a rather magnificent and dignified figure... the more they have seen of her, the less they seem to trust her", Matthew Paris, a political commentator and former Conservative MP, told ITV News on Thursday night.

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.

The DUP won't be involved with jointly running a shared legislative program if it helps May have a minority government, but it would support the Tories when it pushes through legislation through votes.

Former minister Ed Vaizey highlighted the danger of any DUP tie-up, saying: "I come from the liberal wing of the Conservative party".

The DUP only represents Northern Ireland, but it runs candidates for seats in the U.K. Parliament.

More worryingly, the Metro reported that the DUP has links to Northern Irish terrorist groups.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

The party has often found itself embroiled in controversy over its stance on gay rights issues. And that means they have to remain neutral.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new chief of staff following the resignation of her two top aides.

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May wore snake-print kitten heels and a blue suit to meet Queen Elizabeth II and then speak outside 10 Downing Street.

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there was "no time to lose" in starting talks, after May started the two-year countdown to Brexit on March 29.

The Conservatives' campaign was focussed closely on Ms.

Theresa May is to head a minority Conservative government - propped up by the Democratic Unionists - after her General Election gamble backfired disastrously.

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

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable". Students were joined by teachers and nurses who hailed the rise in voting share for the Labour party.

"I can still be Prime Minister".

Ms Davidson, who wields considerable influence after the Scottish Conservatives won 13 seats, said: "I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for".

At least one senior party member has defended creationism, the theory that the world was created by God 10,000 years ago.

She has said she favours retaining the greatest possible level of access to Europe's single market.

Theresa May is facing a growing row over abortion because of her plans to govern alongside the socially hardline Democratic Unionist Party.