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Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key

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After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May must name the rest of her team, who will take on one of the most demanding jobs in recent British political history.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

Speaking shortly before the announcement of Mrs May's visit to the Palace, Ms Foster said it was "too soon to say" what would happen and predicted it would be "difficult" for the Prime Minister to continue in her role.

Following a meeting with the Queen to seal her continued premiership, she asserted only the Conservatives and the DUP have "the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons" having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election.

The Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel the Labour party into power under Jeremy Corbyn, who supports renationalisation of key industries and higher taxes for business and top earners.

"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term".

But the confusion reinforced a sense of chaos at the heart of government just days before Britain starts the complex and fraught negotiations on leaving the European Union.

Rather than gaining seats, May's party lost about a dozen and is now trying to form a coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party. They formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care.

It was unlikely that talks were continuing as the DUP does not work or negotiate on Sundays for religious reasons, but officials from both sides are due to meet on Monday.

"I think that puts us in a fantastic position to deliver for Northern Ireland".

The DUP is extremely socially conservative.

The DUP opposes same-sex marriage and Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where it is not legal.

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The current leader of the DUP is Arlene Foster. "The votes aren't there now in the (House of) Commons for taking Britain out of all the economic arrangements we have with the European Union" he said.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

Their manifesto retains the pensions triple lock and universal winter fuel allowance - policies that the Tories said they would drop.

But lawmaker Brady said Britain had no alternative to a Conservative-DUP deal, other than a new election, which he said the public did not want. The petition echoed some of the slogans at a leftist demonstration by a few hundred people outside Downing Street today who chanted: "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has go to go".

On Sunday, May appointed former BBC journalist Damien Green as her deputy Prime Minister, with more announcements on new cabinet appointments expected in the coming hours.

With the DUP providing the Conservatives a narrow, but crucial, majority in Parliament, it could have an outsized influence.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Friday as the election results became clear.

"We will happily have the support of members of the Labour Party as well on some of our policies", he said.

Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU. But for now, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says reports of a plot to remove May herself is "tripe".

Which means it is likely we will see another campaign in the United Kingdom before too long.

"That is why I think at this critical time for our country it is important to form a government in the national interest", she said.

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