Downing Street: May, Democratic Unionist Party Have Not Reached Deal
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 16:29
Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, responded to the resignations by tweeting the word "bauernopfer" - German for the sacrifice of a pawn in chess. Timothy - a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government - said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash.
The stunning outcome leaves May battling to unite different factions in her party and reliant on a handful of Northern Irish parliamentarians just nine days before Britain starts the tortuous process of negotiating its departure from the EU.
Foster has informed that she was entering discussions with May over the details of any arrangement that would prop up a minority government.
Davidson told the BBC: "I was fairly straightforward with her [Theresa May] and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party".
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The march marked the second day of protests over the possibility of the new Conservative administration, under Theresa May, trying to forge a majority government with the DUP.
The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while The Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips". I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland.
In 2015, the DUP led the opposition in the Northern Ireland Assembly after a judge ruled that a Christian-run bakery could not refuse to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
Earlier, Downing Street issued a statement saying the DUP had agreed to the principles of a proposal to support the Conservatives.
On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland - which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal".
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.
However, former Conservative party leaders warned against any immediate change, with Iain Duncan Smith saying leadership contest would be a "catastrophe".
"May fights to remain PM", headlined the Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph headlined, while the Daily Mail said: "Tories turn on Theresa".
"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.