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Election 2017: DUP agrees 'confidence' deal with Tories

12 Juin 2017

Senior party figures have cautioned against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would cause only further disruption as Britain prepares to start talks with Brussels as early as 19 June.

And almost 24 hours after polls closed across the country, Labour finally took the central London seat of Kensington after three recounts, meaning the final tally remained at 318 seats for the Conservatives and 262 for Labour.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, meanwhile, fell on his sword after just six months in the job, after slumping to a distant third place in Skegness & Boston on a woeful night for the Eurosceptic party, which shed swathes of voters to Labour and Conservatives.

"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian. While May initially claimed how she was up for Brexit as she wanted to take Britain out of the European Union's single market and customs union and consequently cut immigration.

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced on Saturday that they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

"I can still be Prime Minister".

While he was meeting with the president of Romania in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump called the United Kingdom election results of a hung Parliament "surprising".

Current projections give the DUP 10 seats in the House of Commons and the Conservatives 319, enough to form a working majority.

A deal with the Conservatives would put one of the most socially conservative parties in Europe in government.

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But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended. It is about the people of Northern Ireland being afforded the same rights as everybody else. But it is also deeply anxious that splitting from the European Union will mean a return to a hard border across Ireland that could create economic and even political problems.

Juncker said he hoped there would be no further delays, and that the result of the United Kingdom general election would not have a "major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for".

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular". Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

"The DUP need a deal because they are absolutely committed not to have a hard border with the Republic of Ireland", he told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show.

It had been only two years since the last UK-wide poll, won by Mrs May's predecessor, David Cameron.

May is struggling to reassert her leadership, having called an election three years early hoping to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations-only to see the gamble backfire spectacularly.

Jeremy Corbyn has warned Theresa May that she must not abandon LGBT rights in favour of "clinging to power" by aligning with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", Corbyn told supporters in his Islington North constituency in north London.

Its eurosceptic wing has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers. Who are these people, and how likely is she to be able to form a government with their backing?