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British PM Theresa May seeks lifeline after bruising election result

12 Juin 2017

She named her Cabinet Sunday, keeping most of the ministers in their posts and even appointing an old adversary, Michael Gove, to the post of environment secretary.

George Osborne says May is a "dead woman walking" and Anna Soubry says May's position is "untenable". "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister past year, told the BBC.

In Thursday's election the Conservatives won 318 of the 650 House of Commons seats, 12 fewer than the party had before the snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Their 10 lawmakers give her a working majority after her own party failed to win enough seats to govern by itself.

But Osborne, who is now the editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper, downplayed the prospect.

About 41 per cent said Ms May should resign "immediately", while 20 per cent believed she should leave within the next six months, and 23 per cent said only after negotiating Brexit.

The party is seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power. A DUP statement further confirmed that discussions would continue this week.

However many Tories are adamant that she can not lead them into another general election after her disastrous showing last week at the ballot box.

However the deal has sparked a furious backlash over the DUP's record on issues including LGBTQ+ rights and abortion, and how the arrangement could jeopardise Northern Ireland's peace process. Any Brexit deal must reflect the "specific circumstances of Northern Ireland", Foster has said.

On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said he wants a "jobs-first Brexit" negotiated as quickly as possible along with guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the UK. "We want to do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom". The deal could see May accept some DUP policy proposals in exchange for their support, similar to the Labour-Liberal Democrat alliance in 1977.

"It's very hard to see how a hard or disruptive Brexit can come out of this", Tony Travers, professor of politics at London School of Economics, said in an interview.

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"Northern Ireland is Brexit collateral damage", said Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and a leader of the Irish republican party, Sinn Fein. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week". It also said Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is pushing her to prioritize jobs and the economy in the Brexit talks.

Even if a deal is struck, May could struggle to get backing from parliament for her Brexit stance.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans, adding: "Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed."But Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year's referendum for Britain to stay in the European Union, disagreed."I don't think she does have a majority in the House of Commons for leaving the single market", she told Sky News.In a measure of the desperation in Conservative ranks, Brady, who is chairman of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, suggested the party could end up relying on support from pro-Brexit opposition members of parliament."We will happily have the support of members of the Labour Party as well on some of our policies", he said".

The Mail On Sunday reported that Mr Johnson was preparing a leadership bid, with a close ally saying it was "go, go, go", adding: "We need Bojo".

In a measure of the desperation in Conservative ranks, Brady, who is chairman of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, suggested the party could end up relying on support from pro-Brexit opposition members of parliament.

Timothy said the party hadn't noticed the surge in Labour support "because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who made a decision to vote for Labour".

"Confidence and supply" means the DUP would vote with the Tories on a case-by-case basis, but not have any Cabinet members, as in a coalition government.

The strength of any deal looks set to be tested when the Commons meets, with Jeremy Corbyn vowing to try to bring down the Government by defeating Mrs May in Parliament and insisting: "I can still be prime minister".

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Corbyn said: "We're going to put down a substantial amendment to the Queen's Speech which will contain within it the main points of our manifesto, and so we'll invite the House to consider all the issues we put forward which I've mentioned - jobs-first Brexit, mention the issues of young people and austerity, there's many other things". "There's a possibility of voting it down and we're going to push that all the way".