Democratic Unionist Party agree 'confidence deal' with Conservatives

She announced the election with a 24-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, according to the polls, who often underestimate Conservative support.

But May, facing scorn for running a lackluster campaign, was determined to hang on.

With the new government set to present its legislative programme to parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives' position after they won just 318 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

Her disastrous bid to boost the Tory majority in the Commons backfired so spectacularly that she is now forced to rely on the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. The DUP declined to comment.

DUP MPs are meeting to discuss the situation and one told Sky's Senior Political Correspondent Beth Rigby earlier: "We would consider a supply and confidence arrangement to make sure Theresa May has sufficient support to keep her in government".

The Labour leader, who survived an attempt to oust him by his own MPs before the election, now expects that he will be able to attract some of the party's biggest names to serve on his front bench.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking and the only question is how long she remains on death row", said George Osborne, who had been sacked as UK Chancellor when May took over at 10 Downing Street after David Cameron resigned as PM after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

"I want another five years of stability, and a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations", said Dave, 29, in the London neighbourhood of Hackney.

"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".

A so-called progressive alliance between Labour, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Greens would have 313 seats. We need a Brexiteer. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

But there was little sympathy from some other Europeans.

Democratic Unionist Party agree 'confidence deal' with Conservatives

"The British political system is in total disarray".

May had also said she was ready to walk away from the Brexit negotiations without a deal, rather than signing up to a "bad deal".

The FTSE 100 index, which initially rose and then eased back, ended the day with a loss of 0.4 percent.

Against the Euro, the Pound plummeted by over 1%, to €1.13.

Asked whether a Conservative-DUP deal would endanger the peace agreement, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan told ITV: "Not necessarily the case".

"If you believe in Britain and that our best days lie ahead, give me your backing to lead Britain".

The DUP and Sinn Fein dealt a series of devastating blows to their rivals in Northern Ireland to emerge from the General Election stronger than ever. "It was tightly knit group, and it was her group that ran this campaign".

For that alone the British people deserve the global applause Americans could have earned had they been more discerning when it came to electing Donald Trump as president. This is reminiscent of former Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to call a Brexit vote, expecting United Kingdom voters' cool heads to prevail and remain within the European Union, only to see things go quite wrong in a real hurry. "Fact, is this morning she looks bloody weak".

May, who took over after the June 2016 Brexit referendum, began the formal two-year process of leaving the European Union on March 29, promising to take Britain out of the single market and cut immigration.

The campaign had played out differently in Scotland, the main faultline being the SNP's drive for a second referendum on independence from Britain, having lost a plebiscite in 2014.

A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May.

  • Leroy Wright