DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May

But the confusion reinforced a sense of chaos at the heart of government just days before Britain starts the complex and fraught negotiations on leaving the European Union. Timothy, one of two chiefs of staff on whom May relies heavily, said he took responsibility for his role in the Tory manifesto, criticised by many MPs, BBC reported. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government did not have any credibility to go forward and the Labour Party would do what it could to stop it, including by voting down the Queen's Speech.

There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence. Confident of momentum building behind his party, Corbyn said he thought there was a good chance of another election wither "later this year or early next year" - concluding that this "might be a good thing".

Labour's dramatically improved performance in the election was due in large part to a surge in young voters backing it, many of whom voted for the party partly because they saw it as the best vehicle to soften Brexit and derail May's plan for a sharp break with the EU. The election result means businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years.

"She wanted a mandate", Corbyn said. "She's then got to present a programme to parliament", he said.

The DUP is "likely to increase the pressure on Theresa May to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement" in place of its single market membership, said Stephen Booth of the Open Europe think tank.

"Imagine she survives until autumn of next year", he told Reuters.

When asked about the possibility of adopting a more reconciliatory relationship with his detractors in Parliament, Corbyn told Marr he would be very receptive to such opportunities.

A failure to get legislation through parliament could eventually result in the need for another election.

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

"I am delighted to see Labour do so well", the Independent senator from Vermont said in a Facebook post Saturday. The Times' front page said: "May stares into the abyss". It said Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the "country all but ungovernable".

Despite mounting speculation of a leadership contest between Boris Johnson and David Davis, the foreign minister has been quick to downplay such speculation as "tripe".

Theresa May's bid to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to save her premiership has been plunged into uncertainty.

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of betraying the interests of Northern Ireland by agreeing to prop up Theresa May's minority government through a "confidence and supply" arrangement.

The DUP backs the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, but on the condition its border with European Union member the Republic of Ireland, remains "frictionless". Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority.

It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote.

In an indication of the opposition to Mr Timothy and Ms Hill, former minister Anna Soubry had called for them to be sacked while Mrs May's former communications chief Katie Perrior, who left Downing Street when the election was called, hit out at their "rude, abusive, childish behaviour".

  • Leroy Wright