United Kingdom leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

UK's May Uses Downing Street Back Entrance After Election Debacle

UK's May Uses Downing Street Back Entrance After Election Debacle

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

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.

Several lawmakers demanded the resignation of May's top advisers, who have been widely blamed for a disastrous policy to make the elderly pay more for their care and a campaign seen as too insulated from ordinary voters and too focused on attacking her opponent. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued.

In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose party won 10 seats, had said Friday that she was ready to talk to the Conservatives on "how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation". He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year.

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for".

The surprising outcome, which sent the pound tumbling, forced May to form a minority government, leaving her reliant on a small group of Northern Irish parliamentarians, just nine days before Britain is due to begin negotiating a deal to leave the EU.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and which has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.

On Thursday, the United Kingdom held early parliamentary elections, which were called by the country's Prime Minister Theresa May to overcome "division in Westminster" ahead of the upcoming negotiations with Brussels.

Several hundred people - many Labour voters - protested in central London against the potential alliance, with one organiser leading chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and talks should start quickly. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press questioned whether she could remain in power with the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.

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