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'Positive talks' between Conservatives and DUP over power deal

12 Juin 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin.

What they are saying "Theresa May is a dead woman walking", - former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne who was sacked by May when she became prime minister a year ago.

Mr Corbyn believes without an outright majority Mrs May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech and table a "substantial amendment" in an attempt to bring down her administration. "[It is] a cabinet that will get on with the job of government", Mrs May says.

On the so-called Great Repeal Bill, created to transfer European Union law into British law before withdrawal in March 2019, Mr Corbyn said: "I suspect we'll have something different coming in a couple of weeks time".

She is facing a massive backlash from Conservative backbenchers and some front bench, her power has dwindled massively.

The fallout from Thursday's snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the United Kingdom.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, has faced calls to step down from MPs in his own party ever since he won the leadership. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.

But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. "He's in a permanent leadership campaign so I am not sure it qualifies as news", he said. We want to do what is right for the whole of the UK."Asked whether a Conservative-DUP deal would endanger the peace agreement, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan told ITV: "Not necessarily the case".

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"Theresa May is dead woman walking. 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.The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in Thursday's election, eight short of an outright majority.

The move might offer hope to Conservative lawmakers who have criticised her style of government.

May has shown little public contrition for the electoral gamble that backfired but was forced to accept the resignations of her two closest aides - reportedly a requirement by cabinet colleagues for allowing her to stay in office.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said. Though the Conservative Party won the largest number of seats, it has emerged weaker than before.

"If the government, if the prime minister is dependent on the DUP then all sorts of back-room deals will be done which could impact on the Good Friday process - could put it in jeopardy and could destroy confidence amongst other parties".

"The talks so far have been positive", it said in a statement.

There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence. Some market participants say sterling's slump has been tempered by expectations from some investors that the government may pursue a softer stance on Brexit and even increase spending to assuage an austerity-weary electorate.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.

'Positive talks' between Conservatives and DUP over power deal