United Kingdom power deal talks still ongoing: PM Theresa May's office

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May's office was forced to backtrack late Saturday after announcing that an outline deal had been agreed with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a government, admitting that talks were still ongoing.

May's gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly, as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament.

Mrs Foster told Sky News: "We had very good discussions yesterday with the Conservative Party in relation to how we could support them in forming a national government - one that would bring stability to the nation".

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told Sky News that the Labour party was "absolutely on our toes" to set up an alternative minority government if May's government falls apart, accusing the Conservative Prime Minister of "squatting in Downing Street". The DUP won 10 seats.

Downing Street backtracked, saying she had "discussed finalizing" a deal in the coming week.

Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU.

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Ms Traynor said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign had "injected energy" into what otherwise seemed like a stale election. The two parties are broadly politically aligned, but it remains to be seen what price the DUP will demand for its support.

The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

"We have to take this country through one of the most hard processes it has been through for generations".

The Labour Party, which made gains in the election but fell short of winning enough seats to challenge Mrs. That means the Democratic Unionist Party will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.

And Ms Soubry - a leading figure in the Remain campaign before last year's European Union referendum - told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme that Mrs May would have to listen to businesses and "wise owls" in her government who are calling for the single market to be a priority over immigration curbs.

May had called the snap election with a view to increasing the narrow majority she had inherited from her predecessor David Cameron.

He said: "I am backing Theresa May".

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Instead, she has left Britain's government ranks in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start on June 19.

While the to-and-fro between Downing Street and the DUP was unfolding, several British newspapers were reporting that some prominent Conservatives, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, were being urged by supporters to challenge May for the party leadership.

May confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations "as planned in the next couple of weeks", reassuring EU leaders who had expressed doubts after her heavy electoral losses European Council President Donald Tusk had warned there was "no time to lose" in starting Brexit talks, after May on March 29 started the two-year countdown to ending Britain's four-decade membership.

Others have also said a Conservative-DUP deal could endanger Northern Ireland's peace settlement, which relies on the British government being a neutral arbiter between those who want the province to remain in the United Kingdom and those who want it to become part of the Republic of Ireland. "Let's get on with the job", he said.

Mr Corbyn had earlier predicted there will be another election this year after vowing to try and block Mrs May's plan to form a Government this week.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Corbyn said: "We're going to put down a substantial amendment to the Queen's Speech which will contain within it the main points of our manifesto, and so we'll invite the House to consider all the issues we put forward which I've mentioned - jobs-first Brexit, mention the issues of young people and austerity, there's many other things".

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