UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

Reuters

In an effort to shore up her position in Number 10 the Prime Minister has sent her Chief Whip to Belfast for talks with the Democratic Unionist Party ahead of the first test of her diminished authority when Parliament returns.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 - Bank of England's Mark Carney and finance minister Philip Hammond speak The two men in charge of Britain's economy deliver their annual Mansion House speech on Thursday when they are likely to try to calm businesses and investors anxious by May's precarious grip on power and the uncertain outlook for the United Kingdom economy which has lost a lot of its momentum of 2016. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

May, who assumed office in July 2016 following David Camerons resignation, is set to form the new government with the votes from Northern Irelands Democratic Unionist Party.

The parties can work together through a confidence and supply agreement or a formal coalition deal.

Her Downing Street office initially announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed, only for the smaller party to contradict that account hours later.

The deal will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday Sky News reports.

The DUP has refused to give details in public of what concessions it might seek, and did not respond to a request for comment.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

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Asked Sunday if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term".

Mr Corbyn believes that without an outright majority Mrs May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech and table a "substantial amendment" in an attempt to bring down her administration.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling".

SIEGEL: George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times in London, thanks for talking with us today. But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union. I think probably before this election you could have assumed it was going to happen. "Let's get on with the job". "We need stability", she said.

Philip Hammond will stay as Chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as Foreign Secretary and Amber Rudd - narrowly re-elected as an MP after a recount - will continue as Home Secretary.

A stream of Conservative lawmakers walked into 10 Downing St. on Sunday to learn if they had been promoted, demoted or kept in their posts.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose party boosted its MPs north of the border from one to 13, has urged the UK Government to listen to those who did not vote Tory and pursue "an open Brexit, not a closed one".

Defending her party's stance on gay marriage in a recent interview, leader Arlene Foster insisted those who characterised the DUP as anti-gay were wide of the mark.

There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.

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