Theresa May's minority United Kingdom government agrees confidence and supply deal with DUP
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:01
He plans to use the vote over the Queen's Speech at the end of June as his next attempt to topple May, who is barely clinging to power following the destruction of the Tories' majority at the ballot box on Thursday.
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election. This is the exact opposite of the strong and stable government Theresa May wanted as she called a general election after swearing a hole through a pot she wouldn't call one.
The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.
The stunning outcome leaves May battling to unite different factions of her party and reliant on a handful of Northern Irish parliamentarians just nine days before Britain starts the tortuous process of negotiating its departure from the EU.
The DUP, which won 10 seats, said it is ready to talk with May about supporting her government. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.
Jill Lawless is an Associated Press writer.
The party is seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.
Another general election within months was possible, Mr Corbyn insisted.
This is more than the total of Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green Party.
But no deal has yet been finalised and talks on the arrangement will continue during the week as Mrs May desperately tries to shore up her position after losing her Commons majority in the election.
Meantime, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said he believed there was a majority in Parliament to maintain the winter fuel allowance and triple lock pension; two policies the Conservatives proposed changing in their manifesto.
The Labour leader also said he thought it was quite possible there could be an election later this year, or early next year, which he thought "might be a good thing".
Timothy and Hill had worked for May when she was interior minister, before she became prime minister in July past year in the chaotic days that followed the Brexit vote, and their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers.
Downing Street said it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.
Several hundred people - many Labour voters - protested in central London against the potential alliance, with one organiser leading chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".
May's two closest aides resigned on Saturday, paying the price for the failure to crush the opposition Labour Party under its radical left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn. "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".