New UK election only alternative to deal with DUP -senior Conservative lawmaker

Earlier, Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists (DUP), confirmed she would be meeting Mrs May in Downing Street on Tuesday with a view to finalising a deal to prop up a minority Tory government. In a statement issued today (Sunday) Mr Seely said he has been contacted several times by Islanders concerned about the DUP's stance on social issues.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

Fallon said 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".

He told Marr: "We are going to put down a substantial amendment to the Queen's Speech which will contain in it the main points of our manifesto".

Senior Conservative Gavin Williamson is in Belfast for talks with the pro-Brexit party, a spokeswoman for Ms May's office said.

A Conservative source said the move to include Gove in her cabinet may suggest she has learnt a lesson after firing George Osborne, the former finance minister who as editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper, has become a vocal critic.

"It's just how long she is going to remain on death row", Osborne told BBC Sunday.

Charles Tannock, a Conservative member of the European Parliament, said the DUP, which is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion, was a "hardline, populist, protectionist" party and a "poor fit" as a partner in government for his party.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, aides who served as May's co-chiefs of staff, resigned on Saturday amid accusations that they had mishandled the Tories' election campaign.

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.

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". If neither can achieve this task, new elections may be required.

The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal.

Many, including outgoing Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, fear negotiations between Theresa May and the DUP will greatly complicate matters in Northern Ireland. "He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election".

"The idea that the British government could be taking sides, having been the guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and the subsequent peace agreements is really troubling", she told Sky News.

"The other would be to go back to the country for another general election".

May's Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in a humiliating election Thursday and now need the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative DUP to pass votes, sparking widespread calls for her to resign.

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, told the BBC she had words with May over the DUP's record on LGBT rights.

Its message appears to strike a different chord to that taken by Prime Minister Theresa May this week.

Pressure is now also coming from the public. Her official speech following the vote made no reference to any aspect of the result besides her party winning the most seats and votes.

A tumultuous week in British politics has concluded with rumors of civil war among the Conservative party, contradictory statements from Downing St. and the DUP about their alliance, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn making bold predictions. The lesson of those past examples for her party and the country is that they rarely got anything done, and certainly not on the scale of the Brexit negotiations awaiting the nation.

The pound had tumbled by as much as 2.5 percent in the previous session to its lowest since mid-April after no single party won a clear claim to power in the United Kingdom election on Thursday - a result flagged by some analysts as the worst possible election outcome due to uncertainty.

  • Leroy Wright