DUP to support minority government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

  • DUP to support minority government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

DUP to support minority government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

No party won a majority in elections in 1909, 1929, 1974 and 2010. Current projections give the DUP 10 seats in the House of Commons and the Conservatives 319, enough to form a working majority. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index, said: "Perhaps the market is looking at this result as a vote for a softer Brexit, which could boost the pound in the long run". One market positive from the election is the reduced risk of another Scottish independence referendum.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

One former head of the civil service, Andrew Turnbull, even went public as the results were coming in to say that she should resign.

The conservative, pro-union party only gained two seats to take their Westminster tally to 10, but as the Tories remain stymied in a hung parliament the DUP becomes disproportionately important, potentially linking up with the Conservatives to form a majority government.

The DUP, however, will have to contend with the new political realities in Northern Ireland where concern about Brexit and the possible return of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland have raised fears.

The Labour leader said his party would "absolutely" ensure Brexit occurs if they secured power, with a focus on negotiating tariff-free access as part of a "jobs-first Brexit".

More than 670,000 people have signed an online petition calling for May to resign rather than form a coalition with the DUP.

The more the United Kingdom delays, the less time it will have available to reach a compromise agreement with the 27 other countries in the EU.

Frustrated by a year of British foot-dragging and faced by more uncertainty in the aftermath of the country's general election, the European Union on Friday had a clear proposal of when to start the Brexit negotiations: How about tomorrow morning?

May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. On social welfare, the DUP is opposed to some Conservative policies that would reduce pensions, for example. He branded the election "foolish", saying: "What a hubrish, foolish, politically naive election to call".

Among Tory MPs there was anger at the way a 20-point lead in the opinion polls when she called the election in had been squandered in the course of a campaign which was widely condemned as flat-footed and uninspiring.

Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon as the in-charge of the ministry of defence. "Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party's manifesto was full of promises".

It began as a good night for the DUP on two counts - not just the national exit poll appearing to put it in the frame nationally, but locally the party appeared to have polled strongly.

"What I've done today is see people from across the party accepting the invitation to be in my cabinet, and crucially I've brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party".

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".