Britain's May agrees outline deal with DUP for support
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 3:12
"We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".
Late Saturday (June 10) both Downing Street and the DUP issued statements saying talks over a deal to prop up the government would resume next week, amid concern among more liberal Conservatives about May hitching her wagon to the right-wing Northern Irish party.
It had earlier said a deal had been reached, but a statement released in the early hours of Sunday morning said an agreement had not yet been finalised.
The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the U.S. and takes a hard-line stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage, which May's party introduced in the United Kingdom, and abortion. The DUP has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.
And now a survey by website ConservativeHome has found that nearly two-thirds of Tories believe her short time as leader is over.
But the newspapers were unsparing, with The Observer writing: "Discredited, humiliated, diminished".
Mr Fallon, who is one of Ms May's most loyal supporters, said he disagreed with Mr Osborne's description of her as a "dead woman walking" and he expected Conservative MPs to rally behind her.
Ghany opined no. He said if May had been forced to resign this might have been the case, but as it is, she had got the Queen's permission to form a minority government, and is also getting interim stability from the DUP.
May wouldn't have enough votes in Parliament to support her vision of a hard Brexit, and would find it very difficult to pass laws, one minister said.
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.
The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.
The Conservatives have been warned that attempting to form a government with the help of the DUP could be detrimental to LGBT rights.
The decision comes as the Prime Minister has announced she's keeping her core cabinet members in place.
And Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party secured 262 seats compared to the Conservatives' 318 in the 650-seat parliament, has not given up hope of being able to do so.
Will a "confidence and supply deal with the DUP be enough to keep May in power?"
His comments were echoed by his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who said another election was "inevitable" given how precarious the Prime Minister's hold on power is.
The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles".
In fact, the DUP has already explicitly said that it would support the Tories in the event of a hung Parliament, out of a loathing of Jeremy Corbyn over his links to republicanism and an ideological opposition to large swathes of his manifesto.
It was then pointed out to her by the presenter that the Tories won the most seats and got the most votes.