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May strikes deal with DUP following shock result

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

She said: "I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen and I will now form a government, a government that will provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".

The 10 DUP MPs could prove crucial in supporting the Conservatives on key votes after Thursday's election saw Mrs May lose control of the Commons.

Downing Street said an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement had been reached which will be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

"Theresa May has been in British politics for quite a long time, but she is not somebody with a huge media profile or who is associated with particular policy positions", Goodwin told ABC News ahead of election day.

He 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".

Asked if Mrs May would still be in Downing Street at the end of the year, Mr Jones told BBC Wales: "That's impossible for me to say, and is probably impossible for anyone else to say too". "Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party's manifesto was full of promises".

The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, after she called a snap election in the hope of increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations.

European Union leaders fear the minority administration and a possible leadership challenge to Mrs May after her electoral gamble backfired might mean further delay to the start of Brexit talks scheduled for 19 June.

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May wanted to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc.

May said that her government would lead the country through upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union, and that she will work to keep the country safe following the recent attacks in London and Manchester. "May sought a mandate".

Former chancellor George Osborne described it as a "catastrophic" result while another Conservative MP said: "She needs to go".

The campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support".

Northern Ireland is likewise the sole constituent part of the United Kingdom without equal relationship rights - and the DUP were pivotal in blocking gay marriage proposals in 2013.

DUP figures insist that their relationship with May's team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.

Mrs Foster was elected MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone for the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in 2003, but weeks later, she joined the DUP, along with Jeffrey Donaldson, another defector from the UUP, following splits over the direction the Ulster Unionists had been taking under David Trimble's leadership.

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

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