DUP agrees principles to back UK Conservatives

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2017

May lost her parliamentary majority in Thursday's snap election, prompting her to seek the support of the DUP's 10 MPs to stay in power.

May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the EU. But Johnson said he backed May.

Nick Timothy announced his resignation in a letter posted on the ConservativeHome website, and Fiona Hill has also stepped down.

Gavin Barwell was named new chief of staff.

"It is deeply concerning that a party responsible for so much pain could be in a position to exert so much influence". She's taking us back to those times.

But the DUP added: Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new parliament. The DUP would likely provide backing for a Conservative budget and back key legislation as part of a "confidence and supply" deal in return for Conservative approval of certain DUP objectives.

Still the deal with the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland.

The Good Friday accords led to a power-sharing arrangement between nationalist, largely Catholic parties who want to join Ireland and the pro-British Protestant community.

Deputy leader Amelia Womack said: "We may have seen a record number of women gain seats in the Parliament this week, but the 10 MPs of the anti-abortion, anti-equal marriage DUP look set to have a disproportionate influence which should concern us all".

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal.

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Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.

European Council President Donald Tusk alluded to the March 2019 deadline for Brexit talks.

He urged Tory MPs to "get behind" May but said nothing should be allowed to get in the way of the process of forming a government and beginning Brexit talks. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has dismissed as "tripe" claims that he is plotting to mount a leadership challenge, although what Johnson says and does are often different things.

Senior Conservatives said there was no longer support in Parliament for a so-called "hard Brexit" after the party saw its Commons majority wiped out.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign. Her official speech following the vote made no reference to any aspect of the result besides her party winning the most seats and votes.

Its eurosceptic wing has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers.

In a surprise move, Michael Gove was appointed environment and agriculture minister less than a year after the prime minister sacked him as justice minister.

It's the biggest party in Northern Ireland, with 26 seats in the national assembly, and the fifth biggest in the United Kingdom, with 10 MPs and a 1.5% share of the vote.

She has said she favours retaining the greatest possible level of access to Europe's single market.

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