DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May

  • DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May

DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May

"Any criticism that she's somehow not acting in the interests of the country is completely wide of the mark".

In the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, called and lost by Prime Minister David Cameron, Britain's Conservative party took a long time to reorganize itself before it finally triggered the Brexit negotiations on March 29.

He saw his majority in Clwyd West cut by nearly half from 6,730 to 3,437.

Mrs May is attempting to shore up her position in Number 10 as the head of a minority government and has sent her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to lead talks with the Democratic Unionist Party.

It's looking like the Conservative Party will remain in power with a semi-stable working majority of 16: the Conservatives plus Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) seats, minus Sinn Fein and the Speaker.

She did not, however, provide details of the nature of the alliance with the DUP.

"It's very hard to see how you can strike a reasonable outcome without another election and a stronger mandate for the negotiating team in Britain, whoever that may be", he said.

After the backlash from her MPs the Prime Minister left Downing Street by the back door. May said she'd be willing to get rid of some human rights laws to better combat terrorism, but it seems voters didn't give into their fear as much as anticipated and agreed with Labour's stance that defeating terrorism can't come from "ripping up our basic rights and our democracy".

Members of her Conservative party have warned May her days are numbered after calling Thursday's vote three years early, only to lose her parliamentary majority days before talks on the UK's European Union departure were due to begin. The Liberal Democrats won 12 seats and the Democratic Unionist Party got 10 seats, while the UK Independence Party did not receive a single seat.

"The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week", it read.

She is expected to make further appointments to her Cabinet this weekend, but a full-scale reshuffle is off the table given the damage done to Mrs May's standing by the election result.

Mrs May called the election claiming she wanted a stronger hand in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, due to start on the same day as the Queen's Speech.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

But in a catastrophic setback, the bet failed and she lost her overall majority.

May is preparing to name the rest of her cabinet, after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would stay in their posts. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

Within the two years of talks, Britain wants to not only agree on the terms of its exit but also negotiate a new relationship on things like trade and security.

Labour's Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper he saw a route to power himself, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament.