President Trump calls United Kingdom election results 'surprising'
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 1:34
The 10 elected members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland may have a disproportionate word in Brexit negotiations, after the ruling Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament Thursday.
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters have converged on London's Parliament Square to protest the agreement amid calls on May to resign and fierce criticism of her move to call for the snap general election.
Negotiations with Brussels on the UK's departure from the European Union are due to start on 19 June, and Mrs May is now seeking the backing of the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority government.
Foster confirmed to reporters Friday she is working with May to explore possibilities going forward but offered no specifics.
Former Conservative chancellor George Osborne told the ITV channel, "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".
The petition echoed some of the slogans at a leftist demonstration by a few hundred people outside Downing Street on Saturday who chanted: "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has go to go".
It is hard to see how European Union negotiators will be able to have confidence that they are talking with a United Kingdom government that will still be in office next week, let alone two years time, and that whatever deal is concluded will pass through Parliament.
Downing Street said an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement had been reached which will be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday.
With 650 MPs in Parliament, 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons.
ITV political editor Robert Peston said ministers would prefer a coalition deal, rather than a less formal vote-based one, under which the DUP would agree to support May on key policy issues.
Or, either the Conservatives or Labour could attempt to govern as a minority administration, seeking to win support in the Commons for their programme on a vote-by-vote basis.
However, it is not yet clear what type of concessions the Conservatives have agreed to in order to secure the backing of DUP, a party with religious origins and an established historical association with Unionist terrorist groups.