May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will form a new government with the help of her "friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party after an election debacle that resulted in her Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority. Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon as the in-charge of the ministry of defence.

"I can still be prime minister".

Already UK bookmakers are slashing the odds of a possible leadership challenge, with Boris Johnson once again emerging as a potential front runner. Johnson called the report "tripe" in a tweet, in which he said he was supporting May.

But in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Chris Leslie, Labour MP for Nottingham East, refused to say whether he thought Mr Corbyn was a credible prime minister.

With just 318 seats, May's Conservative party fell short of the 328 total needed for a majority government in Thursday's shocking snap elections.

The May strategy was to alienate "citizens of nowhere" and win over Labour working class heartlands. Her main opponent — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, known for his left-wing views — was stumbling from mishap to mishap, unable even to muster solid support from his party's own lawmakers.

Given May's diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and - by extension - guiding the Brexit negotiations.

He acknowledged that the government would now be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. To avoid any real debate about the issues Britain faces - in particular, the reality of Brexit - she had to make the election about nothing at all.

May's position seems safe for the near future because Britain must start negotiations later this month on leaving the European Union, but most British newspapers agreed Saturday that she is only just clinging on.

Labour today confirmed it would support the United Kingdom leaving the Single Market amid questions over the future of Brexit.

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The Democratic Unionist Party is the biggest unionist party in Northern Ireland - that is, it is against Ulster becoming part of the Republic of Ireland.

However, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on the Andrew Marr show he believed the Conservative Party and the DUP will be able to hold together in government.

The militantly Protestant-linked DUP party opposes abortion, gay marriage, and the fight against climate change.

Irish premier Enda Kenny has told Theresa May the outworking of the General Election must not put the Good Friday Agreement at risk.

The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence.

SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks. It was a bid to shore up her majority in Parliament.

However, as their MPs don't sit in parliament - they refuse to pledge allegiance to the Queen - their votes are worthless during potential coalition talks. The "confidence and supply" deal she's seeking would mean the DUP would lend its support to block no confidence votes and pass budgets.

"But we've been clear all the way along, ours is a jobs-first Brexit, everything we can do to protect our economy". Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.

He told ITV's Peston on Sunday: "Well, not necessarily the case".

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