Dublin warns May over DUP coalition

  • Dublin warns May over DUP coalition

Dublin warns May over DUP coalition

Senior Conservatives said there was no longer support in Parliament for a so-called "hard Brexit" after the party saw its Commons majority wiped out.

"I think there is concern about the policies of the DUP, the domestic policies in Northern Ireland, but I think it's pretty clear that any arrangement that is reached is not going to be a full coalition", he told BBC Radio 4.

Her supporters say she is one of the few senior Tories able to connect to young voters.

Stepping in to defend the prime minister, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Osborne - who was sacked by May and has since resigned as a lawmaker to edit The London Evening Standard - was "enjoying his job as commentator rather than a player on the pitch".

Labour won 30 seats in the General Election to take its total to 262 seats - but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament with 318 seats.

On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal". Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Sunday the cabinet would meet "early next week".

Former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May and now editor of the Evening Standard, told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

In the aftermath of a disastrous election for the Tories, it is too early to know what will happen in the coming days to May - and, more important to the global economy, how the Conservative government will approach negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union, scheduled to begin in a week. The narrow majority secured by the deal means parliamentary votes will be on a knife edge as the prime minister cannot afford for even a handful of her own Tory MPs to oppose her. Though the results are a major setback to Thersea, yet the most optimistic outcome of the polls is the election of twelve Pakistani origin candidates including five women.

Her main opponent — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, known for his left-wing views — was stumbling from mishap to mishap, unable even to muster solid support from his party's own lawmakers. The details of the agreement "will be put forward for discussion and agreement" at a cabinet meeting on Monday, a day before the new parliament meets, the spokesman said.

The Conservatives are trying to seal a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, following last week's poor election showing.

"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".

May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff. The electoral maths mean that whichever party formed a government they would need to work with the DUP and rely on their vote in a small number of key votes.

The DUP is now engaged in a negotiations after the collapse of the power-sharing administration that runs the Northern Ireland Executive.

Seven Republican Sinn Fein members who want a united Ireland were also elected on Thursday, but they do not attend or vote as the party does not recognize Westminster rule.

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

"It is quite possible there will 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.