Hung parliament in the United Kingdom as Conservatives lose majority
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 6:27
Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign. The outcome shocked the party, which had expected a big victory.
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British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.
The political turmoil comes as Britain is due to start negotiating on June 19 the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.
Both Downing Street and the DUP issued statements late Saturday 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. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.
But the Sunday Times said Mr Johnson had been pressed by five Cabinet colleagues to oust Mrs May.
Conservative MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry, told the BBC May would have to "consider her position" in the wake of the election.
British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU. It was a bid to shore up her majority in Parliament.
"Brexit negotiations should start when United Kingdom is ready; timetable and European Union positions are clear".
Former Ulster Unionist Party leader Lord Empey warned Theresa May that she should get feedback from her MPs before entering into an arrangement with the DUP.
DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she had spoken with the PM and that her party was in discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge.
Her Downing Street office initially announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed with the DUP, only for the smaller party to contradict that account hours later.
The two sides are looking to form a "confidence and supply" arrangement.
This deal would see the DUP promise to back the government in votes of no confidence and supply - or Budget - issues.
As Mrs May clings on to power, there is disquiet within her party about the link-up with the DUP, which opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.
The exact contours of a potential Conservative-DUP deal were not yet known.
The prime minister acknowledged the uncertain outcome-known as a "hung Parliament"-early Friday".
The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal.
The 60-year-old is struggling to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in Thursday's snap election, just days before Brexit talks begin. By tradition, defeat on a Queen's Speech vote topples the government.
Mr Corbyn said it was clear Labour had won the election and indicated he was ready to put forward a programme for government in an alternative Queen's Speech.