Northern Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with Theresa May's Conservatives

Thinking she could solidify her majority, she held a snap election this week-but the public that had voted for Brexit turned on her and took away the Conservatives' majority in Parliament. However, he said changes would be made, referring to the resignations of May's joint chiefs of staff, and that a "more collective approach" had been agreed with cabinet ministers.

Her Conservatives struck an outline deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support on key legislation.

Instead, she said: "There's an terrible lot of issues surrounding Brexit that need to be discussed".

Ms Foster told Sky News her party had "very good" discussions with Chief Whip Gavin Williamson, who was sent by the PM to Belfast to negotiate a deal to keep the Conservatives in power.

"For instance, if London were to stay in the customs union, then it would not have to renegotiate all trade agreements", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it could be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned.

In the Sunday Mirror, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who scored hefty gains in the election, said there was still a chance for him to be prime minister if May failed to form a government.

The British pound tumbled on Friday against the US dollar and the euro before stabilizing, down 1.7 and 1.4 percent against the two currencies respectively. "But we are nine days off from the Brexit talks starting", he told BBC Radio.

She confirmed this to German leader Angela Merkel in a phone call on Saturday.

Labour stunned even its own supporters by winning more parliamentary seats than expected and, although it lost the election, its performance was widely seen as a moral victory for Corbyn.

May is due to meet with Conservative lawmakers in parliament.

"There's no point in sailing ahead with items that were in our manifesto which we won't get through Parliament", he said.

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in the election, eight short of an outright majority. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while Conservative-supporting The Sun tabloid said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

Such a result would leave Labour as the largest party in parliament with Corbyn the favourite to lead a minority or coalition government.

31% of voters said that Boris as leader would make them less likely to vote Conservative as opposed to just 23% who said it would make them more likely to vote Conservative.

The support of the DUP's 10 MPs would give the Conservatives a majority on key votes.

The spokesman did not provide any details as to the concessions the Conservatives may have provided to the DUP in order to secure its backing.The archconservative party's staunch opposition to gay marriage and abortion have kicked up controversy among Tory members and supporters.

Davidson also said she had received reassurances from May that the party's deal with the DUP would not involve a rollback of gay rights.

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