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May could be forced into Unionist deal

13 Juin 2017

However, reports suggest that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland could join forces with the Conservatives.

The DUP's social policies alone should be enough to exclude them from a formal government deal.

They gained two MPs in yesterday's election having held eight seats in the previous parliament.

May and her administration is scheduled to start Brexit talks with European Union leaders in just seven days.

Theresa May is reported to be speaking with advisors on how to form a government.

"I think that it will be hard for her to survive, given that she was presumed at the start of the campaign - which seems an awfully long time ago now - to come back with over 100, maybe more, in terms of her majority".

Such a move could lead to a softer Brexit, which would be welcomed by businesses on both sides of the Border.

Now, a new Hope Not Hate investigation finds that just a week before the election, DUP leader Arlene Foster took tea with Jackie McDonald, a leading member of the UDA, a loyalist paramilitary group.

Britain is set to leave the European Union by March 2019.

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Essentially, they are not supportive of the Hard Brexit that Prime Minister Theresa May is determined to press ahead with. The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government's approach and objectives in the forthcoming talks to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive remained unchanged. But while Northern Ireland's assembly has passed a similar gay marriage bill, it was blocked by the DUP, whose roots lie in evangelical Christianity.

He added: "Northern Ireland's political leaders now have this chance to take control and restore effective power sharing government under the current assembly mandate".

While May will be trying to keep Davidson, Foster and her backbenchers happy, she will have another group of people to win back - the British public.

While an ombudsman's report into the Resistance found "a conspiracy between the Ulster Resistance, UVF and UDA to raise considerable finance for the purchase of firearms in South Africa", the DUP's senior figures broke ties with the group upon the discovery in 1987.

It comes as the Prime Minister completes a cabinet reshuffle.

Built upon the resistance to Irish Republican terrorism and a pro-UK, unionist mindset, the DUP also represents staunchly social conservative values.

"To those locally who are complaining the loudest about our position of influence, I say to them that the time for unreasonable behavior and unrealistic demands is over", she said.

Beaten candidate Mark Durkan apologised to Mr Hume in an emotional speech but insisted the party still had a future.