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European Union ready for Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

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DUP Deputy Leader and North Belfast candidate Nigel Dodds DUP Leader Arlene Foster and former DUP leader and Northern

Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin.

The Tories needed 326 seats to win but fell short by eight.

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

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. The party's leader Paul Nuttall has stepped down.

May, who became prime minister after Britain's June 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union, called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations.

Katie Perrior, who was until recently the prime minister's director of communications, also implied that May was out of her depth after being elevated from home secretary to prime minister last July.

In return for shoring up the Tory majority the party has demanded considerable more resources for Northern Ireland, more influence and involvement in trade deals.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she had lost all legitimacy and called on her to stand aside and allow him to form an alternative administration, declaring: "We are ready to serve".

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

May's new chief of staff will be Gavin Barwell, a former MP who was ousted from his south London constituency as a result of Labour's unexpectedly strong showing in the election. "And I felt it was incumbent on us at a critical time in our country to form a government in the national interest and that is what I am doing".

DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May
May called the election to try to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, but her party lost its majority in parliament. The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

She said the two parties had enjoyed "a strong relationship" over many years. "That's what we will deliver. now let's get to work".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said when asked about their future.

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.

Mr Johnson said: "Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may".

Meanwhile, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that talks were ongoing, indicating it may not be such a smooth process after all.

Mrs May called the snap election in order to secure a clear mandate for her vision of Brexit.

As the analyses of the historic election are coming in, it appears that a voter's youth was the biggest determinant of his or her likelihood to vote for the Labour party.

"I think there is concern about the policies of the DUP, the domestic policies in Northern Ireland, but I think it's pretty clear that any arrangement that is reached is not going to be a full coalition", he told BBC Radio.



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