Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

United Kingdom leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

United Kingdom leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.

May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.

The Scottish National Party of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which has dominated politics north of the border for a decade and called for a new independence vote after Brexit, lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015. "It's not only a free vote issue, most of this, but it's almost all devolved and that's down to the politicians in Northern Ireland to resolve".

Mrs May was working on a Cabinet reshuffle, although the election result makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by making wholesale changes as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

The British pound tumbled against the USA dollar and the euro after the election result.

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Mr Timothy said: "I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme". She's then got to present a programme to Parliament.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of 52 percent of the public and take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to secure the full support of her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure.

A deal between May and the DUP could involve her accepting demands which make a deal on the formation of a new assembly impossible. "In my view it may well just be a period of transition", she told LBC radio. "It is far from guaranteed to vote the deal through".

"She's staying, for now", a party source told Reuters.

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote. Its cartoon depicted May in a coffin with her feet sticking out and a speech bubble saying "Nothing has changed", a line she repeated several times as she reversed a key policy on social care during the campaign.

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May's office has already said that the senior Cabinet members - Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their current jobs, but she is expected to reshuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

European Union leaders expressed fears that May's shock loss of her majority would delay the Brexit talks, due to begin on June 19, and so raise the risk of negotiations failing.

The Conservative Party has depended on Irish politicians before: Prime Minister John Major relied on support from the Ulster Unionist Party to shore up his tiny majority in 1992-1997.

Others noted that the party now was one of the most socially conservative in Europe, having sought to maintain some of the continent's strictest restrictions on abortion and consistently opposed gay marriage.

The DUP is against abortion, with many supporters regarding it as murder.

Former conservative minister Anna Soubry added that the premier "is in a very hard place. she now has to obviously consider her position".

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