Theresa May confirms she will stay as Britain's prime minister


Despite having secured the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party's (DUP) 10 seats to form the government, it, nevertheless, has seen Conservatives leading a minority government.

At the start of the campaign, she was enjoying poll leads of 20 points or more over the main opposition Labour Party.

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

Some in Theresa May's own party called for her to step down as leader after the results came in. I hope the Conservative Party in Parliament gets behind the Prime Minister, and allows her the political space to negotiate that deal. She is seeking a so-called confidence and supply deal, which would involve the DUP supporting the Conservatives on key votes but not joining a formal coalition.

Details of the agreement will be discussed and agreed by cabinet on Monday ( Tim Ireland/PA) A Downing Street spokesman said details will be discussed and agreed by cabinet on Monday, after which more information is likely to be released.

May put on a courageous face after Thursday's vote, expressing sorrow for the MPs who lost their seats but refusing to acknowledge how her election gamble backfired.

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Some senior Tories have made the removal of Ms Hill and Mr Timothy a condition for continuing to support Ms May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives' losing their overall majority in Parliament.

Theresa May's party lost the majority they had and are now reaching out to a socially conservative party called the Democratic Unionists to try to form a government.

In Brussels, there is concern the collapse of a stable government in the United Kingdom will impact the start of Brexit talks in just over a week.

May's gamble to increase her previous majority of 17 and deliver a bigger mandate backfired when the Conservatives fell eight seats short of a governing majority.

But with Brexit negotiations with the European Union due to start in less than two weeks, May is arguing that what is needed is stability.

"One of your government's top priorities must now be the hard negotiation with the European Union on Brexit", Mr Lee wrote.

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Above all, investors are anxious about the general uncertainty surrounding the country — whether a bruised May will be able to govern effectively or whether she may eventually resign.

It added that "the logic leading to Mrs".

A number of high-profile government figures including Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats.

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

The DUP is opposed to abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

The DUP campaigned for Brexit but argues in its manifesto for the maintaining of a "seamless and frictionless" border with Ireland.

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Following the announcement, the Lib Dems called on Mrs May to make the terms of her deal with the DUP "clear to the British people immediately". "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".