UK PM May agrees 'outline' power deal with DUP

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The Chancellor did not comment on elections that concluded on Friday, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party lost the absolute majority.

That calculation backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative Party of a parliamentary majority and forced her to turn to a small political party from Northern Ireland to prop up a minority government.

Setting out how she'd spend Britain's clawed-back contributions to the European Union budget as the country leaves the bloc, May promised more money for fast internet connections, funds to commercialize research, and better road and rail services as part of a 23 billion-pound ($29.7 billion) package.

May's Downing Street office said on Sunday she had spoken with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to discuss finalising a deal when parliament is reconvened next week.

A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May. Her own party, the Conservatives, lost 12 seats.

But Theresa May had a very stumbling election campaign, and that severely undermined her status of this strong and stable leader.

The pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to step aside following a humiliating election result grew Saturday, with her two top aides resigning, a leading newspaper pronouncing her "fatally wounded" and a former minister acknowledging that Tories were plotting possible replacements via the messaging service WhatsApp. But that won't help May much, because she intentionally ensured that little of substance about Brexit was included in her party's manifesto.

Here is a roundup of some of the reaction from across Europe to the shock election result: "Mrs May, who was supposed to emerge strengthened, lost her bet and is therefore in a less than clear situation because the truth is that we don't really know what the governing situation is this morning", EU Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told French radio Europe 1.

Some of the policies she did set out - reintroducing schools that select students based on exam grades or 'grammar schools', for example, or putting a cap on the amount the government can spend on social care - were so unpopular even with her own party it seems unlikely she'd ever get enough votes to pass them with such a reduced number of her own MPs in parliament.

"Folks we need to calm down and get behind the prime minister", Johnson said, according to a screenshot of a WhatsApp group text message to Conservative lawmakers posted by an ITV news reporter on Twitter.

Survation poll finds Jeremy Corbyn's party on 45% of the vote to the Conservatives 39%. "They want to see ministers getting on with the job, while acknowledging democracy and their constrained circumstances".

This is likely to pose an obstacle to the types of strict border controls advocated by those in the Conservative Party who support a "hard" Brexit. However, no party received the absolute majority of seats in parliament and the election has resulted in a hung parliament.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking, it just remains to be seen how long she remains on death row", George Osborne, the former United Kingdom chancellor who was sacked by May previous year, told the BBC on Sunday.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

"But Northern Ireland is the UK's bible belt", he continued.

Sinn Féin's leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill said the DUP had "betrayed the interests of the people" there and the new arrangement would "end in tears".

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long term prosperity".

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