DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

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DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

British Prime Minister Theresa May meets the leader of a small Northern Irish Protestant party on Tuesday in an attempt to save her premiership and avoid a second election that would thrust Brexit negotiations into turmoil.

May's botched election gamble, which saw her lose her parliamentary majority, left her so weakened that supporters of closer ties with the European Union publicly demanded she take a more consensual and business friendly approach to Brexit.

Since the Conservatives with 318 seats in the house of commons are eight short of an overall majority, they need the support of a party to rule either within or outside a coalition.

With all the controversy surrounding the possible deal, after May herself once advocated working to drop the "nasty party" image she said the Conservatives had long attracted, the question remains of whether it will actually come to fruition and, if it does, whether it will last.

"We are continuing to have talks, but today as you will imagine, there has been a real focus on this awful tragedy in London", she said in a televised statement.

She made a self-depreciating joke after John Bercow was re-elected as the Speaker, quipping: At least someone got a landslide.

Cameron resigned from his post after the defeat in the Brexit as 52% of people voted for an exit from the European Union (EU). Sources say delay over Govt deal with DUP not cos talks are "stuttering" - 95% agreed between both sides.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds speak to the media at Stormont Castle ahead of talks aimed at restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland, in in Belfast, Monday, June 12, 2017.

Leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster and Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds arrive at 10 Downing Street in London for a meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday
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The talks with the DUP follow her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting for the party's poor election result.

Mr Gove, a staunch Brexit supporter, was also asked about a Daily Telegraph report that senior Cabinet ministers were engaged in secret talks with Labour MPs to secure a soft Brexit.

The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has hit back at claims her party's policy on gay rights are homophobic, calling the accusation "complete and utter nonsense".

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

"A fundamental part of that peace process is that the United Kingdom government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland, " Major said.

The stakes for May are high. While a deal with the DUP would help May stay in power to open Brexit talks that are due to begin next week, it would also risk destabilizing the political balance in Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.

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