Britain's PM May to face party lawmakers after election disaster

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking, it just remains to be seen how long she remains on death row", George Osborne, the former United Kingdom chancellor who was sacked by May previous year, told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday.

The Democratic Unionist Party has agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support Theresa May's Conservative Party on a "confidence and supply" basis, Downing Street announced Saturday.

Mrs Foster branded some of the commentary and analysis about her party as "inaccurate and misleading". A quote worth remembering if you consider the DUP is a far-right Protestant fundamentalists, with creationists in their leadership.

"They (the DUP) are going to support us on the big Brexit, economic and security issues facing this country", he said.

The DUP's social conservatism - it is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion - has also alarmed some in May's party, particularly Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay.

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward", it said, referring to May's Conservative Party and the DUP.

"We will try to defend the interests of our 27 members states, and Great Britain will defend its own interests", Merkel said in Mexico City after meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto. "Yes, of course we are going to reach out, ever since I became leader I had reached out".

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament.

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged Ms May on Saturday and questioned whether she could remain in power.

The DUP did not yet agree to a deal with May's Conservatives, according to Sky News, contradicting earlier reports.

But Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell told ITV's Peston on Sunday that full single market membership was not "on the table" and would be seen by voters as not respecting the referendum result. Unfortunately, we now have a Prime Minister who is attempting to cling onto power rather than do what is best for the country. This is still on.

Mr Davis said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned but they would still begin next week. Her government then needs to collect enough votes to get its programme of proposed new laws passed in the Queen's Speech on June 19. And I think that's what's important, I think that's what the public would expect.

"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", he told the BBC.

In a statement, Ms Hill, who was known for her "sweary text messages", said: "It's been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent prime minister".

May had called the snap election with a view to increasing the narrow majority she had inherited from her predecessor David Cameron.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, appearing on ITV's Peston on Sunday, confirmed that the party - like Mrs May - was committed to leaving the European Union and pulling out of the single market, while seeking a "jobs-first Brexit".

Mr Corbyn defied all expectations by leading his party to gain 30 seats and 40 per cent of the vote share, compared with the Tories' 42.4 per cent.

Her only chance of an overall working majority is with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a fringe political party in Northern Ireland, which is demanding a package of measures on finance in return for support in Parliament. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was set to launch a bid to oust May, while the Sunday Times said five cabinet ministers were urging him to do so.

  • Leroy Wright