Theresa May To Form Govt In UK With DUP Support. Know How
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:35
'We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond.
The Conservatives will need the support of the DUP to form a government, and the party's Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson said he expected his party to be "serious players" in the formation of a government.
We'll see more "pork barrel" politics with special interests of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (DUP) becoming dominant.
Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.
In the past the DUP has opposed same-sex marriage and blocked any extension of abortion rights.
Sunday's United Kingdom newspapers were unsparing, with The Observer writing: "Discredited, humiliated, diminished".
"But Theresa did put her mark on this campaign".
Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace on Friday, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority, the BBC reported.
Negotiations should be led by a government and a Prime Minister that will be in place for the duration, and so we call for a delay to the scheduled start of negotiations rather than a rush to begin in 11 days' time.
"I don't know how Theresa May can survive this, that's a matter for her party, of course", he said.
The result was a personal humiliation for Mrs May who called the election three years before she had to to bolster her position in Parliament as she embarked on the negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.
May earlier today lost her two closest aides as she struggled to reassert her leadership after a crushing election setback.
May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff.
Referring to the "strong relationship" she had with the DUP but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said she meant to form a government which could "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".
But the prime minister continues to face opposition from Labour and from within her own party.
The Tories are forecast to end up with 319 seats ahead of Labour on 261, the SNP 35 and the Lib Dems on 12.
With the party in a position to hold the balance of power at Westminster, senior MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said his party would be "serious players" in a hung parliament, telling the BBC: "This is ideal territory for the DUP because obviously if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority it puts us in a very strong negotiating position and certainly that is one we would take up with relish".
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.
Mrs May would be able to pass this crucial figure with the support of the DUP but the Ulster party will demand significant concessions in return for propping up her adminstration.
Joining forces with the hard-line Protestant party also threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.