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'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

13 June 2017

The European Union urged British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to start Brexit talks as quickly as possible but warned of complications ahead after she lost her majority in a snap election.

With no clear victor emerging from Thursday's election, a wounded May has signalled she would fight on.

The aides, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, May's co-chiefs of staff, had been widely blamed within the Conservative Party for the lackluster campaign that ended with the Tories losing their majority in Parliament.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

"There was a real sense around the Cabinet table today, as you would expect from centre right politicians, that that is the primacy we're looking for", she told BBC News. This is because the speaker and his three deputies do not vote and the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein, which in the latest elections won seven seats in Northern Ireland, will not take its seats in the House of Commons.

After the opposition Labour party made hefty election gains by focusing heavily on national issues, May listed areas such as education and housing as top policy priorities.

With the party in a position to hold the balance of power at Westminster, senior MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said his party would be "serious players" in a hung parliament, telling the BBC: "This is flawless territory for the DUP because obviously if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority it puts us in a very strong negotiating position and certainly that is one we would take up with relish".

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she had lost all legitimacy and called on her to stand aside and allow him to form an alternative administration, declaring: "We are ready to serve".

Downing Street said an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement had been reached which will be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday.

Downing Street backtracked, saying she had "discussed finalizing" a deal in the coming week.

Just hours later the Government was forced to backtrack after the DUP confirmed to Sky News that no deal had been reached.

May, who had campaigned against Brexit previous year, delivered her terms for withdrawal on March 29 that included a clean break from the European Union single market.

May has insisted that Brexit means Brexit but it is unclear how long she will remain in power or whether another British election will be called.

"I think it would be very, very hard indeed for her to stay on", political analyst Carole Walker told CNN.

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"This is not the time for sharks to be circling". But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

Mr Green said talks with the DUP were "going well", adding: "At this very important time, we want to produce a substantial Queen's Speech". "Now lets get to work". "That's not a matter for me", she said.

She did not, however, provide details of the nature of the alliance with the DUP.

The DUP is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage. "I do hope that the result of the election will have no major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for".

But one issue is that the Brexit talks are due to start on the 19th of this month.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron, now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead Brexit negotiator, referring to former PM David Cameron's decision to call a referendum on the EU, which he then lost.

In a humiliating night for the Prime Minister, Mrs May saw Tory ranks at Westminster reduced from 330 to 318 - with one constituency left to declare - while eight ministers were culled from the Government's front benches.

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'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground