Northern Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with PM May's Conservatives

Her Downing Street office had announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had been agreed, only for the DUP itself to cast doubt on that account hours later. We have made good progress but the discussions continue,"DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News".

May called the election called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of European Union exit talks.

May's Downing Street office said on Sunday she had spoken with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to discuss finalising a deal when parliament is reconvened next week.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling". We have worked well with May. "That's not a matter for me", she said. There is also anger among the party membership over the huge election losses and May's gamble to call a snap general election a full three years ahead of when it would have been officially due in 2020.

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"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country", he added.

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.

The DUP is opposed to abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

The DUP issued its own statement dismissing the claim of a deal, apparently angry at the attempt to bounce the party into signing up before it was ready.

"Just to be clear, we will act in the national interest".

Far from the strong and stable government promised by the PM, the chaotic events of the last few days have seen calls for May's resignation, while her top two advisors have quit in the wake of the result.

Following David Cameron's resignation after his defeat in last summer's European Union referendum, Johnson was seen as one of the front-runners to become next Tory leader, and as a result, prime minister.

"I think its quite possible there'll 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's Andrew Marr on Sunday. "[The Conservative campaign] failed to notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who chose to vote for Labour". "Just because they are agreeing to support us on the economic issues and the big security issues facing this country doesn't mean we agree with them on everything".

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks watched by her husband Philip in 10 Downing street, London, as she addresses the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where she asked to form a government.

"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.

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