British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a deal to prop up her minority government on Saturday after a botched election gamble that damaged her and plunged Britain into political crisis days before the start of talks on leaving the European Union.
But Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the DUP, which is opposed to abortion and gay rights. On the very eve of the Brexit negotiations, the most complex and consequential for her country in decades, she is struggling to cobble together only the slimmest of parliamentary majorities with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.
However, senior DUP figures made clear they were looking at a limited "confidence and supply" arrangement - rather than a more formal coalition - leading to some MPs to predict that there could another general election before the year is out. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. "And I'm sorry for all those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful, but also for those colleagues who were MPs and ministers and contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and who didn't deserve to lose their seats", she said.
Bearing that in mind, the interests of both Britain and the European Union would be best served by each party adopting a civilised approach to the negotiations, as failure to do so would penalise both parties.
The results of the snap United Kingdom election called three years beforehand by PM Theresa May are out, and reveal a strategic blunder, as in the case of the Brexit referendum under David Cameron, who resigned on that score.
Councillor Thompson said: "Angela Merkel must be rubbing her hands with glee with a weakened government going into Brexit negotiations - it's a awful situation". Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.
Survation, the opinion polling firm that came closest to predicting correctly the election's outcome, said a new poll it conducted for the Mail on Sunday newspaper showed support for Labour now 6 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives.
"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.
May had called the vote three years early in the hope that a sweeping win would strengthen her hand in the challenging Brexit talks, which are due to start in nine days' time.
Former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May and now editor of the Evening Standard, told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".
The DUP's website crashed several times yesterday, such was the demand for information about who the Tories' new government partner was. However, to do so would risk triggering a party revolt by that significant number of her backbenchers who would not want anything short of a hardline Brexit position.
Stepping in to defend the prime minister, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Osborne - who was sacked by May and has since resigned as a lawmaker to edit The London Evening Standard - was "enjoying his job as commentator rather than a player on the pitch".
"She's staying, for now", one Conservative Party source told Reuters. It does not involve an agreed five-year programme of policies and may not even involve the junior party holding ministerial office, let alone taking on the role of deputy prime minister.
The Democratic Unionists are also a fairly hard-right socially conservative political party.
In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party.