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12 June 2017, 02:40 | Katrina Lee
All eyes are on Theresa May as her election gamble did not pay off
As Britons awoke to news that Prime Minister Theresa May would have to turn to the Democratic Unionist Party for support after losing her parliamentary majority, the Northern Irish party's website crashed under the weight of curiosity.
With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn't wield much power on its own - but those seats, if they vote with May's party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.
Referring to the "strong relationship" she had with the DUP but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said she meant to form a government which could "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".
It is thought May would seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it "lend" its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as "confidence and supply", the BBC report said.
The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Teresa May narrowly holds on to her majority (and her job), but the fall-out from the ill-timed election and its disappointing results is just starting.
Challenged if Labour could have won under another leader, Mr Leslie said: "I've never known a more beatable Prime Minister than Theresa May - brittle, I think very, very wobbly and shaky indeed".
"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian. She's taking us back to those times. It said Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the "country all but ungovernable". She's now attempting to form a government.
Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister.
The stunning election result comes after a campaign in which May lost popularity over her style and some of her social care policies, including a so-called "dementia tax" that would force the elderly to pay more for their care.
Several Conservative lawmakers have warned that May can not carry on indefinitely, after throwing away a 17-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.
"I would like to make clear that the freaky media reports about my own role in the policy's inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project".
May called the election to try to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, but her party lost its majority in parliament.
Several hundred people - many Labour voters - protested in central London against the potential alliance, with one organiser leading chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".
The DUP is "likely to increase the pressure on Theresa May to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement" in place of its single market membership, said Stephen Booth of the Open Europe think tank.
Mr Crowther said: "Though she is personally damaged as our negotiator, the suggestion that Mrs May's dismal electoral performance relieves the Government of the need to achieve full Brexit is absolutely unacceptable".
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