After UK Election, The Only 'Certainty' In Britain Is Uncertainty

"This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the EU".

A SENIOR Democratic Unionist has said it is "much too early" to talk of a formal agreement with a minority Conservative government.

Mrs May needs the support of the party in Northern Ireland to have a majority in Parliament after the Conservatives lost 13 seats in Thursday's election.

He said: "We have essentially got the result we were campaigning for two years ago".

"As more results started to come through it became clear that we were the party that had won the most seats and the most votes".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has evolved from being a party of protest into a party of power.

Defending her party's stance on gay marriage in a recent interview, leader Arlene Foster insisted those who characterised the DUP as anti-gay were wide of the mark. The Guardian reported that the DUP's 10 Members of Parliament will support Theresa May, but even then her majority is wafer thin.

If all this uncertainty weren't enough, the Labour Party, which won 261 seats in the election, has its own divisions to deal with.

Oettinger's boss, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said his Brexit negotiating team under Michel Barnier was ready: "The clock is ticking", Juncker said.

Party leader Foster is expected to seek concessions in a new government.

According to reports, because of Northern Ireland's conservative take on abortion, with life imprisonment being the the maximum penalty for drug-induced miscarriage, those who want to terminate their pregnancy have to travel to England or Scotland.

More from the Beeb here including the discussions that May is having with the Scottish Conservative Party leader over LGBTI rights which could yet prove crucial in these fragile times.

However, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest party the EEP underscored that "Article 50 is ticking" and Theresa May "should have used time for negotiations, not for elections". Terror attacks in Manchester and London caused further damage to May, who in her previous role as interior minister had overseen cuts in number of cops.

The pro-Brexit, pro-Unionist party had a good election, seeing its overall vote rise by 10% to 292,316 votes.

The DUP campaigned for Brexit, but its manifesto argues for maintaining a "seamless and frictionless" border with Ireland. That could cheer opponents of a "hard Brexit" that would take Britain completely out of the single market and the customs union.

"I think the Conservative party as a whole is reluctant to get rid of Theresa May now because it would mean a leadership election, it would mean stalling on Brexit talks", Menon said.

  • Leroy Wright