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Stormont at risk from DUP pact, says Kenny

Stormont at risk from DUP pact, says Kenny

She had called the election in a bid to extend her majority and strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations, but her gamble backfired spectacularly.

The more the United Kingdom delays, the less time it will have available to reach a compromise agreement with the 27 other countries in the EU.

Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday's United Kingdom election.

The Opposition Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has also said that his party is waiting in the wings to take charge after he defied pollsters predictions by gaining 30 seats in Thursday's election, leaving a hung Parliament.

Facing down calls to stand down by Labour, the Lib Dems and even some of her own MPs, a defiant Mrs May has made a decision to cling on to power by forming a minority Conservative government.

The taoiseach has expressed "concern" to the British prime minister about her proposed deal with the Democratic Unionist Party and its potential to damage the peace process. The DUP declined to comment. It now holds 318 seats.

Northern Ireland's DUP agreed in principle to a "confidence and supply" deal with the Conservative Party, a Downing Street statement said yesterday, but a final deal has yet to be reached, according to later statements from both Downing Street and the unionist party.

However, Mrs May insisted that, as the leader of the largest party in the new parliament, she had a duty to act in the "national interest" and lead the country through the Brexit negotiations starting in ten days' time.

She also apologised to colleagues who had "contributed so much to our country" and "didn't deserve to lose their seats".

Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority, in a performance widely seen as a moral victory for Corbyn despite the party's loss. We need a Brexiteer.

Mr Robinson said: "We have essentially got the result we were campaigning for two years ago". "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal", Michel Barnier said.

There was little sympathy for Mr May from some Europeans.




May's predecessor David Cameron sought to silence Eurosceptic fellow Conservatives by calling the referendum on European Union membership.

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

May appeared isolated after her two closest aides resigned, paying the price for a disastrous electoral performance that cost the prime minister her majority.

"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term".

But the result is expected to lead to anger within the Conservative Party, where many deemed the abrupt calling of the election unnecessary, and May's future is uncertain.

Nevertheless, after this poor showing, Conservatives are unlikely to want May to be their figurehead during the next election, so it seems fairly likely she'll be pushed out at some point - whether that means sooner or later is yet to be seen.

"That's what people voted for last June".

"I can still be prime minister".

Finally, and perhaps most crucially, May has lost control over Brexit - the very reason she called an election three years early.

"That's not a matter for me", she said.

In Thursday's election, the DUP won 10 of Northern Ireland's 18 seats in the 650-member British parliament.

At the same time Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland - where the party reversed the trend in England and gained MPs - has called for a new approach building cross-party support for an "open Brexit".

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