May to form government with DUP backing, finalises cabinet

May to form government with DUP backing, finalises cabinet

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn feels he can "still be the prime minister" and indicated today that the United Kingdom could face another election as beleaguered Theresa May's attempt to stitch an alliance to run a minority government after suffering a poll debacle has not yet fructified.

After Thursday's vote, May's Conservative Party still has the largest number of lawmakers, but lacks a parliamentary majority.

Incumbent British defense minister Michael Fallon said a deal would not amount to a formal coalition, but only the DUP supporting May on "big things".

Highlighting Conservative austerity cuts and its stance on Brexit, Ms O'Neill claimed the DUP link-up with Ms May would spell bad news for Northern Ireland, a region that voted for Remain in last June's European Union membership referendum.

Mr Johnson said on Twitter on Saturday: "Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may".

May's office announced earlier that the top Cabinet ministers would keep their jobs, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward", it said, referring to May's Conservative Party and the DUP.

An analysis of marginal seats has revealed that Jeremy Corbyn could not become the British prime minister for only 2,227 votes. It seemed from her demeanor as if the general election was done and dusted, or never happened at all.

The sides have until June 29 to secure a deal, but observers fear any concessions to the DUP by May's Conservatives could complicate the talks, deepening the region's political crisis.

The looser deal on offer would mean that the Northern Ireland party's 10 MPs back May in key votes but not enter a closer pact with the Tories. The Tories were left tantalizingly short of an overall majority after the leader's gamble on a snap election backfired.

"If we are not European Union members there will have to be an arrangement - we want a tariff-free access to European Union market." he said.

Numerous party members are also uncomfortable with the kind of deal that will have to be struck with the DUP, a socially conservative party that takes an opposing stance on issues such as abortion and same sex marriages.

The resignations of May's chiefs of staff came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats Thursday. Many are anxious what influence and what price the DUP will ask of May in return for them supporting her in parliament - especially with their hard-line views.

He argued if voters had wanted to reverse the result of last June's Brexit referendum, they would have voted for Liberal Democrat, who called for a second referendum.

Many critics, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have expressed concerns over the DUP's stances against gay marriage and abortion, among other issues.

KHALAF: Well, given the spectacular fiasco of the elections and the fact that Theresa May ran on a platform of a hard Brexit, I think one can assume that she no longer has a mandate for a hard Brexit.

The talks were in line with DUP leader Arlene Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

"I think its quite possible there'll be an election later this year or early next year, and that might be a good thing, because we can not go on with a period of great instability", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday.



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