'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

Britain's bestselling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

The political turmoil comes a week before Britain is due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.

"The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week", a Downing Street spokeswoman said, referring to a deal whereby the DUP would support the government but not enter a formal coalition. "Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new parliament", it said. May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her plan to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union, so she could slash immigration.

But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would meet May on Tuesday.

A Tory-DUP alliance will be so fragile that it may even have collapsed under the weight of disapproval from the prime minister's own MPs by the time this article is published.

Both Downing Street and the DUP issued statements late Saturday saying talks over a deal to prop up the government would resume next week amid concern among more liberal Conservatives about May hitching her wagon to the right-wing Northern Irish party.

Joining forces with the hardline unionist 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.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

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"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament".

"He has been inundated with messages of support".

"But you've got to convince them of your credibility and that you can move from protesting about the government to being in government".

Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on.

Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper talks would be complicated by May's formation of a minority government.

And, politicians on the continent appear convinced that Prime Minister Theresa May's weakened position after the election means she will be forced to change direction on Brexit.

"We will happily have the support of members of the Labour Party as well on some of our policies", he said.

At least five UK Cabinet ministers are pushing for Boris Johnson to topple Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister, one of his close allies said on Sunday but the foreign secretary denied any plans of a coup. "The votes aren't there now in the (House of) Commons for taking Britain out of all the economic arrangements we have with the European Union", he said.

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