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United Kingdom defense minister Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed

12 June 2017, 02:38 | Colleen Roy

Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill arrives at a polling station at St Patrick's primary school in Annaghmore Clonoe

Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill arrives at a polling station at St Patrick's primary school in Annaghmore Clonoe

The resignation of two of her closest aides on Saturday reflects the pressure she is under from the influential figures in the party, who are ready to mount a leadership challenge, when they sense the first opportunity to do so.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

"Everybody wants to see an agreement in the end that does respect what the British people voted for a year ago".

May's room for maneuver has been eroded by the election drubbing which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament, and she has kept many ministers in their jobs.

The Conservatives now plan to reach a so-called confidence and supply agreement with the DUP, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition.

Downing Street says it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.

The timing is challenging, with Britain due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union with the bloc's 27 other members on June 19. That is short of the 326 needed for an overall majority -- and 12 fewer than when May called the election.

"The details will be put forward for discussion and agreement at a Cabinet meeting on Monday".

Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said that any co-operation between the Tories and the DUP would be over "big security and economic issues" as well as Brexit. "As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist party in particular".

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling".

The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the U.S. and takes a hard-line stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row". I think she will have to go unfortunately.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was set to launch a bid to oust May, while the Sunday Times said five Cabinet ministers were urging him to do so.

"There has been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday, a lot of things said", DUP leader Foster told Sky News.

There is no doubt there were two clear winners in the north on Thursday - the DUP which will be buoyed by these results after the battering it took in March and Sinn Féin which cemented its position as the main nationalist voice. "We want to do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom".

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal. The prime minister said that he would bring "considerable experience" to the post. "This is still on", Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

Much focus will now fall upon the party's leader Arlene Foster, a tough character whose politics were influenced by the Troubles.

The party is likely to press the Conservatives to give special attention to border issues after Brexit.

"We have a programme, we have support and we're ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country on the agenda we put forward, which is transformative and has gained incredible levels of support".

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