wnol.info November 25 2017


'What the country needs now is certainty'

November 25 2017, 07:18 | Jonathan Williams

As Britons awoke to news that Prime Minister Theresa May would have to turn to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support after unexpectedly losing her parliamentary majority in an election, the Northern Irish party's website crashed under the weight of curiosity.

The DUP is the largest unionist party in Northern Ireland, holding 10 (out of 18) seats at Westminster and 28 (out of 90) seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

She said she would crack down on Islamist ideology, and "put fairness and opportunity" at heart of everything her government would do over the next five years to build a better country. "That's what we will deliver. now let's get to work".

Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.

Overnight, online interest in the DUP surged, as Brits Googled the party to learn more about it.This shows the volume of Google searches for "DUP" over the last week.

Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry was the first in the party to disavow May in public, calling on the prime minister to "consider her position".

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to May and that they would speak further to "explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge", the BBC reported.

But May may err on the side of caution in her dealings with Northern Ireland's biggest party.

With the complex talks on the divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued.

The move has been slammed as a "coalition of chaos" by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who condemned Mrs May for putting her "party before her country". "That's not a matter for me", she said.

There had been speculation Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, would be vulnerable in a post-election re-shuffle and the decision to leave him in the Treasury was being seen as a sign of her weakness after her Commons majority was wiped out.

May's party is short of the 326 it needed for an outright majority and fairly down from the 330 seats it had before the election.

After a disappointing night for the Conservatives, Mrs May faces ending up with 12 fewer seats than when she called the election.

The Downing St. resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats on Thursday.

Sky's political editor Faisal Islam said: "This is the most extraordinary balancing act".

Without a majority, she could be forced to seek consensus on the approach she takes, potentially by performing a U-turn on single market membership, protecting the economy at the expense of immigration controls.

"So a fascinating time - Theresa May staring down the camera lens and telling the country: "I am still in charge".

"As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said.

"You really couldn't make it up".



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