Conservatives forge government with DUP help
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:05
May announced the party would try to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties.
The informal coalition is likely to operate under a "confidence and supply" system. Downing St. says the Cabinet will discuss the agreement Monday.
Newspapers fronted with photos of British Prime Minister Theresa May and others are displayed at a shop in Westminster in London, Saturday June 10, 2017.
Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack said the DUP's stance on abortion has left women in Northern Ireland in "dire circumstances" and described the potential tie-up with the Tories as a "coalition of cruelty". They quit Saturday after becoming a focus of blame for the Conservatives' election disaster.
DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose party won 10 seats, had said Friday that she was ready to talk to the Conservatives on "how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation".
She called the early election with her party comfortably ahead in the polls in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union. Her plan of early elections badly backfired and she has to now ensure that she gains the confidence of others to ensure the stable United Kingdom after the Brexit.
Northern Irish political commentator David McCann told Buzzfeed News: "There is a real danger that this relationship could undermine the "honest broker" role played by British governments in Northern Ireland".
That may not be enough to save the job of Prime Minister Theresa May, as conservative MPs may push for new party leadership in the wake of Thursday's defeat.
The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.
Mrs May will ask the Queen's permission to form a government at Buckingham Palace at 12.30, after which she will set out her plans in a statement outside 10 Downing Street. Even if the Conservative Party secures all of them, it will be unable to reach the target of 326, which is required to form a majority.
She again challenged her leader when she refused to say that Britain should pull out of the European Union single market, as Ms May wants.
They have repeatedly blocked any attempts to extend Northern Ireland's drastically limited abortion rights, and as recently as previous year, Foster was quoted as saying "I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England, and don't support the extension of the 1967 act, ' which legalised abortion by recognised practitioners in the United Kingdom".