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The Democratic Unionist Party has agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support Theresa May's Conservative Party on a "confidence and supply" basis, Downing Street announced Saturday.

Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament".

But the prime minister said she had a busy schedule ahead, with a cabinet meeting on Monday and talks with French President Emmanuel Macron the following day.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

A confidence and supply agreement would see the DUP backing the Tories on its budget and in confidence votes, but would not see DUP members take up cabinet positions.

The political turmoil comes a week before Britain is due to start negotiating 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.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her.

May is trying to form a minority government after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in a June 8 snap election that she had called for back in April.

Now that the Conservative party is under threat of falling, the Labour party's rise seems quite probable.

However, pressure is growing among Tory MPs for the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to challenge May for the leadership.

Many senior Conservatives say May should stay, for now, to provide stability. The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government's approach and objectives in the forthcoming talks to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive remained unchanged. "But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job", she said.

But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty.

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "very good discussions" so far and she would travel to London to meet May on Tuesday.

The Conservatives are expected to pick up some elements of the DUP's manifesto.

The 1998 peace accord, which provides the template for powersharing at Stormont, commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" when it comes to the differing political traditions in Northern Ireland.

"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".

"There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way".

  • Leroy Wright