May finalises cabinet amid minority govt talks with DUP

"Now lets get to work".

British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she is staying put, despite calls for her resignation after the Conservative Party's poor election result. The negotiations had been due to start around June 19.

The Conservatives won 318 seats in Thursday's vote, down from 331 in 2015, falling short of an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons after the opposition Labour Party, led by socialist stalwart Jeremy Corbyn, scored hefty gains. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

Amid reports senior Tories were sounding out potential replacements for Mrs May, prominent Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the Prime Minister had six months at most left in Downing Street.

The sides have until June 29 to secure a deal, but observers fear any concessions to the DUP by May's Conservatives could complicate the talks, deepening the region's political crisis.

At the start of the campaign, she was enjoying poll leads of 20 points or more over the main opposition Labour Party.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

Theresa May had called a snap election early in order to be able to negotiate Brexit conditions with talks coming up in 11 days. "We want to do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom".

The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party" when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "very good discussions" so far on how her 10 MPs could support a Conservative minority government, and she would travel to London to meet May on Tuesday.

But he said Ireland was anxious for the Brexit talks to go ahead despite the turmoil in London, and for the deal that they produce not to damage peace in Northern Ireland.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry was the first in the party to disavow May in public, calling on the prime minister to "consider her position".

Although the precise nature of their arrangement is yet to be seen, Robert Peston reported this morning that Theresa May and Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will look to form a coalition agreement rather than a less formal "confidence and supply" deal.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. However, many within the Conservative party are concerned about the alignment with the DUP, which holds socially conservative views on many key issues.

Two of Theresa May's closest aides have stepped down as the fallout from the general election results continues.

On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland - which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal".

Power-sharing collapsed following a scandal surrounding the DUP and elections and subsequent negotiations have failed to find a way forward.

SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks.

As expectations mounted that Labour could draw up its own Queen's Speech, the party leader vowed "we can still do this".

Fallon told the BBC the government wanted a "new partnership with Europe that is careful about the trade we already do with Europe, that comes to some agreement on the immigration that we can accept from Europe".

  • Leroy Wright