Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Calls for Theresa May to resign as snap election delivers hung parliament

May confirmed Friday afternoon she will form a Westminster government, helped by members of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

A Number 10 spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week".

May has said she intends to stay as prime minister despite failing to win a Conservative majority in the election.

At that point the DUP was openly hoping to bargain between Labour and the Tories, selling its votes to the highest bidder.

The move was denounced by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who called on her to stand aside and allow him to form an administration, declaring: "We are ready to serve".

The Prime Minister has been under massive pressure from Tory MPs since the party lost its majority in yesterday's general election. "Folk might remember I fought a leadership campaign on the other side of that particular argument", she said. The Conservatives are at 12 and the SNP is at two.

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"It's wrong to say we're not in favour of a soft Brexit", DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told the BBC, saying he was against a deal that would restore a "hard border" that would cause significant barriers to movement between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In its statement, Downing Street said the newly- reinstated prime minister does not intend to announce any further appointments today.

The group looks set to become one of the most influential forces in British politics when Prime Minister Theresa May goes to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to form a coalition government, but they are little known in the rest of the UK.

While Mrs May said her top ministers would remain in post, she hinted her two close aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - blamed by many Tory MPs for the party's disastrous campaign - could face the chop.

The DUP has since 2015 vetoed attempts to bring same-sex marriage legislation into effect in Northern Ireland, after a successful referendum in the Republic of Ireland to legalize gay marriage there in 2015.

"I had wanted to achieve a larger majority but that was not the result that we secured".

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Ridiculing Mrs May's own Brexit mantra, he asserted: "Let me make our position clear: no deal is better than a bad deal".

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

Mrs May said: "What the country needs now more than ever is certainty".

The party's leader Arlene Foster has spoken out against a "hard Brexit", which could threaten this, and so will nearly certainly make this a red line.

The potential deal with the DUP came after Mrs May sent her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for talks.

Melvyn Storey, chair of the DUP Education Committee, is a member of the Caleb Foundation, who subscribe to the belief that the Earth is "young" at less than 10,000 years old.

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At the launch of the party's manifesto a fortnight ago, Nigel Dodds, the DUP's Westminster leader, repeated that assurance, telling me: "We're not leaving the European Union to get rid of some of its shackles to impose more restrictions between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom - we're certainly not doing that".

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