Irish PM expresses concern over May's proposed DUP deal

UK leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure
Theresa May struggling to stay in power following snap election miscalculation

12 June, 2017

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May a year ago after his bid to become party leader forced now-Foreign Minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans, adding: "Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed."But Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year's referendum for Britain to stay in the European Union, disagreed."I don't think she does have a majority in the House of Commons for leaving the single market", she told Sky News.In a measure of the desperation in Conservative ranks, Brady, who is chairman of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers, suggested the party could end up relying on support from pro-Brexit opposition members of parliament."We will happily have the support of members of the Labour Party as well on some of our policies", he said".

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

Irish premier Enda Kenny has told Theresa May the outworking of the General Election must not put the Good Friday Agreement at risk. She said the Conservatives' planned deal with the DUP was "dodgy" and "unsustainable" - and Theresa May's position was "not remotely tenable" because she lacked the skills to hold together a minority government, which has to be more open and collegiate. He told ITV: "I believe the DUP is in favour of scrapping the bedroom tax". Labour, the main opposition party, won 262.

A tumultuous week in British politics has concluded with rumors of civil war among the Conservative party, contradictory statements from Downing St. and the DUP about their alliance, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn making bold predictions.

Earlier, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said a DUP/Tory agreement would "not necessarily" undermine the Northern Ireland peace process.

Last night's reshuffle saw the surprise return of Michael Gove as environment secretary and the appointment of Damian Green, a close friend and ally of the prime minister's, as first secretary of state.

This marked an apparent reversal of plans to turf out those considered less than loyal - a sign of her weakened stature in a party that traditionally craves strong leaders.

"We will of course act in the in the national interest and do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom", she said. Liam Fox, trade minister, also said that May was the only person to take Britain out of the European Union.

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to reassert her leadership, having called an election three years early hoping to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations - only to see the gamble backfire spectacularly.

However many Tories are adamant that she can not lead them into another general election after her disastrous showing last week at the ballot box. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", George Osborne, a former Conservative chancellor, tells the BBC.

If May can get through this vote with the help of the DUP she can continue in government.

She did not rule out accepting a job in Corbyn's shadow cabinet, but said she did not want to be "presumptuous". "I just don't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

She is seeking a deal with a small Northern Irish party so that she can stay in power.

The statement came five hours after another in which the government welcomed a commitment from the DUP on "the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a Confidence and Supply basis".

Many senior DUP figures admire not only Mrs May's forthright unionism but her brand of One Nation Conservatism and her move away from some of the stridently individualistic Thatcherite rhetoric. He told the BBC that he will call on MPs from all other parties to back his policies instead of May's.

There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage.

There have also been concerns that joining forces with the hardline Protestant party threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.

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