May to form government with help of Democratic Unionist party

DUP agrees principles to 'confidence and supply' deal with Tories

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government. That means the DUP would back the government on confidence motions and budget votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.

"The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring", he said.

That calculation backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative Party of a parliamentary majority and forced her to turn to a small political party from Northern Ireland to prop up a minority government.

May's conservatives were reduced to 318 seats - eight short of an outright majority - in last Thursday's snap election that saw a surge in votes for Corbyn's Labour, especially by young adults who skipped last year's Brexit referendum.

In the case of a hung parliament, the leader of the party with the most seats is given the opportunity to try to form a government.

They were replaced by Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister who lost his seat in the election.

Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the United Kingdom has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU - which is considered a gargantuan task.

Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, responded to the resignations by tweeting the word "bauernopfer" — German for the sacrifice of a pawn in chess. The negotiations had been due to start around June 19.

She added: "We need to do it in a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland, and, of course, our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland". "May sought a mandate".

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

They are opposed to LGBTI equality at large and have been holding up same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, although there is a majority for it.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last.

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said that DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds were "exceptionally warm and friendly" when he met with them in Belfast during an interview with The Jerusalem Post.

But for now, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says reports of a plot to remove May herself is "tripe".

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

"Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who secured a sharp surge in Labour support in the recent election, called on May to resign saying 'Politics has changed" as Britons had rejected her policies of "austerity".

Hailing what he called an "incredible result" for his party, Mr Corbyn declared: "We are ready to serve this country".

"I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we're going to do", she said.

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